To say this week has been crazy would be an understatement! After we closed on our new house last Friday, each day has been a flurry of activity – packing and moving boxes, painting bedrooms, shopping for mattresses, washers, dryers, etc. Cragbaby has been trying very hard to be a good helper – however his best skill set is in the UNpacking process, not so much the boxing up, and definitely not the painting! Needless to say, we’ve been spending a lot of time over at the new house this week, including our Green Hours!
No special equipment or toys needed – C has happily been entertained for hours this week just roaming around his new backyard! He’s found something new to explore around every corner. At first he was a little tentative about venturing off the slab and into the tall,tickly, wet grass, so we spent a lot of time frolicking on the concrete, climbing on the brick steps, and peeping inside to spy on the painters. But eventually his curiousity got the best of him and he toddled out to check out the trees and flowers.
So remember – so much about the outdoors is inherently fun on its own! Your child (or you for that matter!) doesn’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on the latest and greatest outdoor toys. A stick, a few blades of grass, and an active imagination will provide enough wonder and discovery for all sorts of Green Hour games.
What are your favorite “sans equipment” Green Hour activities (no bought toys allowed!)?