I love to strew activities around for my kids to find and explore. Today I caught a few photos of strewing in action!
My daughter was painting earlier while my son was totally engrossed in history channels documentary Ancient Aliens series. Painting was the last thing on his mind.
After a while I noticed my daughter had moved on to building circuit boards with our snap circuit kits. (Which were conveniently set out)
(Side note: awesome toy alert!)
I hated to waste the paint she didn’t use up, so I took it outside and put it on a table near the sand box. (I knew they would be our near the sand box this afternoon)
One of the kids chores today was to remove old sand box toys for goodwill. As they started removing toys, they decided they didn’t want any of the toys, just the sand, some rocks, shells and the water hose. (Another moment that supports more natural simply play over plastic crap toys!)
And I digress a lot! Such is life as a masterful multitasker haha! 😉
Point is, there was that paint, just sitting there while the kids cleaned out/played in the sand box. Not noticed at first.
Then after a little while…my son discovered it and decided he wanted to paint some rocks….
My daughter was engrossed in flooding the sand box and making her own sand creations.
But it wasn’t too long before she discovered her pet rocks needed some eyeballs! And the paint happen to be right there.
I love how activities lead into others so smoothly. My son was clearly still processing the earlier documentary’s information when he decided to build ancient alien inspired cities, walls, artifacts, etc in the sand box.
A quick toy tidy chore with cleverly places supplies turned into nearly two hours of fantastic creative personally inspired educational play.
Strewing is such a fantabulous way to give mama a quiet moment to sip some tea and the kids a chance to love learning. All I did was set the paints outside and assign a tidy up chore. Win win for all!!!
As I type I overheard the kids making plans to become paleontologists and the adventure of finding a freshly painted dinosaur tooth (aka stick) in the sand box, who will hide it, who will find it, the outfits they need to change into first, who will wear what, etc…the plans are almost as much fun as the adventures….oh to be a kid again! 🙂