(8) and a friend have been coming back to pretend play and created a restaurant (with menus and service including a wide variety of cereals) in her basement this summer. Another little boy started playing more intently with the geotracks he received when he was 2. Now as a 5 year old, he gets lost in his play with them. Finally, I shared a bit about my now 10 year old son who has rekindled his love of Legos after having time to just play and spend time at home with his brothers. He asked for Star Wars Legos for his birthday yesterday and the family responded. He spent a few hours constructing the 3 kits he received only then to ask for more. We reflected on a few things after sharing. First, we thought about how we could have rushed our kids into toys that they weren't quite ready for...Second, we thought about how wonderful it is in the summer when we have more time to slow down and give our kids the time they deserve for play. Lastly, we can't help but enjoy observing the cooperation, thinking and creating that brings my kids the happy rewards of play.
The photo is one of our many adventures this summer. We spent time playing in the Scioto River last week.