The typical day at our house includes outdoor play after nap time…and outdoor play after dinner time…and, well, outdoor play in the mornings after breakfast, and just about anywhere in between all of the _____ (fill in the blank) times. My kiddies always want to play outside. In fact, I’m fairly convinced that my kids would live in a burrow under the trampoline if they didn’t have parents to supervise their whereabouts. That being said, I can’t complain. Children need sunshine to grow.
While we have many activities to enjoy outside, one of Corinne’s favorites is finding rocks and carrying them around. Sometimes she places them in one of William’s dump trucks and then deposits them somewhere else in the yard only to find at another time. We appropriately call them Corinne’s “treasures”.
So, William and I decided to paint some rocks to add to Corinne’s collection of treasures.
William doesn’t actually adore painting, but this activity held his attention due to the fact we were painting rocks, not paper, and I had pulled out my acrylic paint, not the finger paint. “Whoa, Mom, that a lot of colors!” And William had to try every one.
As soon as Corinne saw the dump truck full of colorful rocks, she immediately scrambled to get to them, pushing her way out the back door, barely waiting for me to open the screen before she backed out feet first. William was eager to show Corinne our treasure rocks. “Here go, Corinne. I made treasure for you,” William told her.
William did his fair share of playing and transporting as well. Off he goes!
But Corinne pitched a fit when William drove off with her treasures, crying and pointing, and walking as quickly as she could after him. So William returned and played with them next to her dump truck. Such a considerate older brother!
And no dump truck play is complete without trampling something. See how he is driving over a pile of rocks? “Clank, clank, clank,” he says.
It always seems that the best toys are the simplest. At the end of play, the rocks were deposited somewhere in the yard, maybe in the pile of dirt in the empty lot behind us, maybe in the garden under my tomato plants, maybe under the slide, but Corinne and William will be delighted when they find them the next time, and the fun and excitement will continue.
I am Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home mama of five! I am the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught range of levels, including preschool and college, and a little bit of just about everything in between. Right now, my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction