Another beautifully warm day in Scotland. After busy days at pre school and primary School the children were hot and bothered but looking for an activity.
I wanted to provide them with opportunity for imaginative play but also enable them to keep cool in the hot sunshine.
We filled the faithful Spider-man paddling pool with Luke warm water, not too full either. I picked up a bag full of glass decorative beads in the charity shop, the kind you may find at the base of a flower display. They are all sorts of shades of blue and green. We also collected a small collection of Smurf figures from a bric a brac stall at the weekend.
Sprinkling the beads in the water the children whispered ‘jewels’, magic’. I then produced the wee figures. Instantly the children were conjuring up great stories of adventure involving treasure and spells. The older children guiding the younger in their group sensory play.
The played happily for hours, pausing to go for a cycle or a bounce in the neighbouring trampoline, but always coming back.
It is amazing the scope that children can use objects to create games. We need to get ourselves back into that mind set. Not seeing a decorative pebble as just that, but seeing the limitless opportunity, potential and fun that simple objects can bring.