|Photo taken by Christine Nielsen|
And, why did they dig that hole? Just for the fun of it, of course. They had no real plans when they started and they easily abandoned it when we told them it was time to leave. This is a perfect example of the process being more important than the product. It's also a great example of unstructured, outdoor play. Our kids had never met until that day, yet they easily settled into this project together.
As most of your kids go back to school, I hope you'll remember to allow for unstructured play-time (preferably outdoors) for your kids. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of work and school, and sports, and music lessons, and dance, and...and....
Take a breather. Slow down. Let your kids (and yourself) enjoy a little down time. Everyone's health and well-being will benefit.
When was the last time your kids enjoyed some unstructured, free play-time? How about you?
Loose Parts Play
Loose Parts Play, Part 2
Loose Parts Play, Part 3
Encourage Free Play and Tinkering