Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Building Houses in the Woods


My front yard is bordered by cedar trees…


And between those cedars, there is a well worn path…


That leads through the trees…


To my kids’ favorite place to play and explore,


Pretend and build.  This is Mary’s lean-to house.


I’m not sure they had permission to take the dishes from their little kitchen out in the woods, but how else could they make a dirt and evergreen needle soup?


I’m so glad they are exploring and making their own fun!  It’s a little unnerving having them playing outside of the front yard in a place I can’t see from the front porch, but it’s been lots of fun and really good for them.  This “free-range” experience has helped them to develop so much creativity, learn to work out their own differences, and work hard to carry out their schemes plans.  Lucky for me, it’s just a short walk to the edge of the woods so I can peek in and check on my “babies.”  I’m not sure I’m ready for them to grow up so fast, but ready or not… 


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  1. This is definately in the air! I've already taken pictures of Sammy building a "fort" out of wood for next week. :) Aren't we lucky to live where we do?

  2. I loved playing in the woods when I was a child. I wish we had woods here, my kids would love it. Instead we settle for a hole in the backyard to dig in with shovels and buckets.

  3. What a lovely play space! We never had anywhere like that when I was younger, but I remember we used to play under a friends house, making walls from boxes and I think there were about 15 kids under there all working in our office! LOL Was a bit cold though, your kids space would be a lot nicer :)

  4. Wow that looks like a great place to play :)

  5. What a beautiful, natural space to play. I have so many fond memories of similar play near our holiday house when I was growing up. How precious that your children have this space so close to home. Thanks for linking to We Play :)


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