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A Stick is an Excellent Thing…

A Stick is an Excellent Thing…

Recently while at the library, we checked out a book of poems geared towards encouraging outdoor play, entitled “A Stick is an Excellent Thing.”  It’s by Marilyn Singer, with charming illustrations by LeUyen Pham.  One of my favorite poems is the one that the book is named by.  I love it because it creates a beautiful imagery of what happens when children are allowed to let their imaginations run free during unstructured outdoor play times (what we refer to as “green hours” around here.)   Specifically, it reminds me of this special stick that C found out at the crag…Read the rest of this entry →

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The Magic of an Hour in the Woods…

The Magic of an Hour in the Woods…

Lately during the week, we’ve been stuck in a morning rut where all C wants to do is act out scenes from the movie “Cars” in the driveway with his toys.  It’s not that that’s inherently a bad thing.  He’s outside, he’s using his imagination, and he’s having a lot of fun, so I’m certainly not complaining!  And often, it’s actually quite convenient – like when I’m working in the yard, unpacking gear from the previous weekend’s adventures, or even just fixing lunch/dinner.  But when the chores are finished and we have the whole morning ahead of us, all of…Read the rest of this entry →

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Green Hour Connection: Woodsy Wonderland

Green Hour Connection:  Woodsy Wonderland

It just so happens that our road dead ends at a small, pocket of woods a few houses down from ours.  For me and Cragbaby, its kind of turned into our own private forest playground.  Even though we’re coming up on a year of being in our new house, it’s only been recently that we’ve discovered all the fun to be had in “the woods” down the street.  But the past couple of weeks we’ve gotten into a consistent woodsy green hour routine. It usually starts when we head outside and C enthusiastically hops in his wagon and says “Pull,…Read the rest of this entry →

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