After two days of rain, our backyard (which is now completely devoid of grass since we cleared it to make way for our new homeschool studio) has become a delightful mud bath for Jack and Sarah.
The sun finally came out though and the kids were having the most wonderful time in the mud that I really didn’t want to bring them in. However even though the sun was shining, when you’ve been playing in the mud all morning, 12 degrees (53F) isn’t quite warm enough to be wet and muddy for hours. So a little temptation was needed to encourage them in.
I cheekily set up this loose parts exploration next to the lounge room window. With a few pieces out to pique their interest, it didn’t take long for them to spy it.
And isn’t their creation just divine?! So intentional. So beautiful. Sarah (3.5 yrs) made most of it; with great focus, she placed a mirror here and a rock there until she declared ‘The Emerald City’ was finished.
Here’s a little video of her working away beautifully (Jack’s making a yellow brick road). They worked away at it in between other games; adding extra pinecones and admiring different stones.
A simple reset of the canvas (after a tornado sweep through and demolished the city) and Jack and Sarah were inspired to create again this morning.
Later Sarah returned to create some more ‘lovely patterns’ (You can see her in this lovely video).
This little creation is still there by the lounge room window. I wonder how they will add to it tomorrow as they soak up the morning sun.