- Published on Saturday, 16 March 2013 19:21
Pure Free-Play Moment
By Shara Lawrence-Weiss
As mentioned in the post Stress Busters for Kids, my husband and I made a choice to leave our living room rather empty. That way, the kids could ride bikes, scooters and roller skates in order to 'get their wiggles out.' We live in the Valley now and if you've ever visited the Phoenix Valley in the dead of summer you know - most people stay indoors! That being the case we wanted our kids to have space to move around, dance to music and so on.
We are currently on Spring Break (it's still cool enough to play outdoors, yes) and my children have been finding ways to self entertain (Ava would be pleased!) in between our trips to the park, jumping on the trampoline with the hose, going for walks, etc.
My husband and I were standing in the kitchen a few nights ago and we heard the kids belly laughing. We turned around to see this:
They had grabbed a bike, an old office chair that we allow them to use when playing on their computer, a broken hoola hoop and whallah! They created their own game. Rick and I laughed so hard as we watched them ride and spin. They never went fast enough to get hurt and they had a blast!
Pure Free-Play Moment...
About the Author
Shara is a mother of four and has a background in early childhood, education, freelance, small business ownership and nanny work. She is a Special Education Paraprofessional (K-5th). Shara is especially interested in social emotional development, literacy, play, nature, fostering community and cultivating creativity. In addition to writing for her own sites, Shara currently writes for Wikki Stix, Southern Sitters and Nannies, Market Mommy and more. Visit her new site at Emergent Literacy.