a glimpse of summer

the weather today was, in one word, glorious.  even better than the day we went to the forest last week and i went on and on about how gorgeous the weather was.  that's the kind of perfect today was.  normally i would have packed the kids up and headed to either the park or back to the forest to take full advantage, but we were car-less today so we had to make the best of the day in our postage stamp sized front yard.

i think we did okay :)  we're not much for fancy around here-  as much as i would love a real water table for the kids to play in, we've found plenty of joy in scavenging random buckets and bins from around the house and hauling them from the kitchen sink to the front sidewalk along with some extra cups and colanders.  water is water, no matter what kind of vessel you're scooping it out of and dumping it from, after all.

one of my favorite things about these types of activities is the way my (and all, really) children grow and evolve them into something way beyond what my original intention was for it.  today i kind of thought they could fill up the two empty yogurt containers and use them to transfer water between the bins- which is why i brought three out.  i think that happened maybe twice.  instead they worked to find ways to dry off the different items we brought out once they got wet (their hands included):

and they spent some time discovering the lines of run-off created whenever they dumped a new cupful onto the sidewalk:

they also noticed how fun it was to get the stairs wet (although for the life of me i don't see the entertainment value in that), and they spotted the shadows created by flying water if they positioned themselves in a sunny spot.

of course, as they so often do, they went from being completely absorbed in their play to over it and ready to go back inside in less than 30 seconds.  fortunately, i had anticipated that and locked the door so they'd have to help me clean up before abandoning the great outdoors for a chance to raid the pantry and strip down to their skivvies in the name of drying off.  and they got some great practice in going safely down the stairs.  mom: 1, kids: 0   ;)