The past two weeks have seen the children playing games all together as a group. Inside, the popular game lately is "Van ride" where they create a large "van" from playstands, load it with pillows, pretend food, and anything else they may need, and drive it to the beach or the zoo. Generally, the trip includes a stop to the gas station for re-fueling, snacks, and even a new toy or two. This van also gets rather dirty on it's expedition, so a "car wash" is needed, using our crocheted "sleepy snails" as hoses. Often the car needs an oil change or tire change, and inevitably, it catches fire and has to be put out by fire fighters. Then the trip continues happily.
With the weather becoming warmer, we've been having granola with almond or cow milk in lieu of our usual porridge snack on Tuesdays. We make it first thing in the morning and toast it in the oven. It fills the nursery with a delicious smell, and has been a bigger hit than the porridge. Also last week, we celebrated our lovely mothers by painting some paper for a frame and making thumbprint pendants. I love using the children's watercolor paintings as backgrounds for photos or cards. They always look good.
There's been some digging going on outside in the garden and all around. Sometimes a rock is rolled over in the play yard, revealing a worm jack pot, which the children then help to move to our raised beds. I've had help this week planting some bush beans and watering our potatoes. The hot weather has also made a little pool time necessary as well, so rubber duckies, funnels, and watering cans have been popular for that. Pirate ships, fire trucks, and wagon rides still reign for outside pretend play, but one of the bushes in the play yard has been converted into a nifty hideout where the rubber duckies go to nest.