Picnic in the Sun!
You might remember when I blogged about planning for school holidays, I talked about the importance of not planning something for every day. The reasoning behind this is that I think children should have the freedom to imagine, create, explore and discover activities for themselves.
On this particular day, the children thought is was such a beautiful day that they would have a picnic in the sun!
They told me they would organise everything and meet me at “the campsite” – one of their favourite spots on our property. (No we have never camped there, but they play lots make-believe games there). So while I finished hanging out the washing, they busied themselves with getting everything they needed together. I didn’t get them a thing.
As I wandered up to the campsite, this is what I found!
The children had packed grapes and apples (and bowls!) for morning tea. Somehow they had managed to ride their bikes up to the campsite while carrying two blankets (wish I’d had the camera for that!).
They had collected sticks and twigs for their bonfire.
They had even convinced our old girl dog, Jazz, to come along for the picnic!
And the only entertainment they brought along was…a ball!
Isn’t it amazing how the most basic things can bring the greatest joy!
It kept Fred busy and the girls were entertained by his antics.
One ball + fruit + sun = much fun!
Everyone agrees that this has been one of our best days of the holidays. I love that it was totally planned and created by the children. They OWNED this activity, which meant they OWNED the satisfaction and enjoyment that comes from pulling off a fantastic morning tea.
Today is our last day of holidays – three weeks gone in a flash!
Only 10 weeks to go ’til our next holidays!