Our natural playscape area has helped. A recent addition of this (not very pretty, but usable and inspired by this post) and the kids went to work weaving - I didn't say that was what it was for, but I was sure hoping they would use it!!!
This week, we averaged a minimum of 2 hours outside every day. We had picnics, read outside, mud painted, weaved and just played. EVERY DAY! It sure made our week go by so much better. The kids were asking how many books they could bring outside. They were not arguing over which toy to use rather working together to build and create things out of strings and wood. Not to mention the added benefit that fresh air brings at bedtime - no fussing, just straight to the Land of Nod.
I know that I am not alone on preaching the importance of playing outside... Just look around the web at some amazing families and blogs.
Just Playin Around's kids are outside too!
And What We Do All Day is playing outside too!
See - it is not just the American Society of Pediatrics and me urging you to spend time outside with your children, it is also your fellow parents and bloggers. There is truly so much value in outside play.
I hope you were able not to just "sneak" some outdoor free play into your learning week - but embrace the outdoors - no matter what the weather. If not - maybe it can be your next weeks goal!!!