With all of the recent action out in the Atlantic the past few weeks, our area has been the recipient of some much-needed rain. (And when I say much-needed, its the average homeowner with a lawn and garden speaking, not the 24 hour weather-stalking climber). Suffice it to say, many of our green hours recently have involved getting wet and wild in one of Cragbaby’s absolute favorite things – PUDDLES! We both put on our play clothes, head outside, and C splashes to his little heart’s content, drenching everything within a 10 foot radius of the puddle.
So you can imagine the disappointment when, after cleaning up an especially messy post-breakfast kitchen, we discovered that the puddles we had seen from the window at breakfast were nothing more than faded wet blotches on the pavement, glistening in the mid-morning sun. Determined to get his splash on, however, C discovered a bucket on the back patio that had collected 5 or 6 inches of rainwater over the weekend while we were off climbing.
C’s eyes lit up, and the rest of the morning was spent laughing and giggling with nothing more than a sloshing red bucket, 2 sticks, and a watering can. Watching his imagination take over as he poured, scooped, and stirred brought a smile to my face, and it made me thankful that we were outside enjoying ourselves instead of being cooped up inside watching television.
Throughout my pre-Cragbaby years as a teacher, as well as my almost 18 months of being a mom, I’ve come to realize that kids don’t need fancy, expensive toys and electronics. Not that there is anything wrong with using those types of entertainment in moderation, but a lot of times its unnecessary. If given the proper fuel, imaginations can run wild pretty easily, and invent all sorts of creative fun from the simplest of materials (like a bucket, 2 sticks, and a watering can…). What simple things make for creative Green Hours in your household?