Whew! Here we go again... This is such a workout for my crafty muscles! The competition is heating up! Go over to SYTYC and check out the amazing things that the ladies have made for this weeks theme of WATER.... Can you guess which one is mine???
With the arrival of summer all that I can think about is taming our 15 acres of woods.
I have been working on making play areas in the woods for the kids.
They do not really need MY help as they have the entire woods at their disposal...
but some semi focused spaces are nice.
We do not do the plastic thing as natural spaces and natural materials are so much better for kids.
Unfortunately these days we do not live in a world that grows free-range children. Instead the problem of "nature-deficit disorder" predominates. This term describes the fact that children who are obsessed with computer games, tv, and other artificial entertainment are deprived of the natural wonders of the world. They miss the developmental benefits that come from playing freely in nature.
We want children to be outside making forts, catching frogs, and climbing trees.
Not playing X Box, unplugging to the tv, and over scheduled with structured activities....
“Children are even as a branch that is fresh and green; they will grow up in whatever way you train them. Take the utmost care to give them high ideals and goals, so that once they come of age, they will cast their beams like brilliant candles on the world…”