In my ideal world, my younger children spend 3-4 hours a week watching movies and stuff. However, in the real world, they spend 3-4 hours a day watching stuff, because whenever we need to keep them out of our hair while we're trying to get something else done the simplest way is to turn on a movie. It's a safety thing, really, because those twins are so busy and so into everything that whenever we can't watch them really close they could get themselves hurt in a hurry, so if they're parked in front of a screen we know they're pretty safe. Excuses, excuses. I still think it's terrible. So I'm writing this post to remind myself of all the hours in the day they spend engaged in active, imaginative play.
The twins are just obsessed with the plastic farm animals. I know I said that before, but this has become a Big Thing. Every day they want them out. They have so much fun with them.
One of our favorite children's books is Roxaboxen, by Alice McLerran and Barbara Cooney. It's about a group of neighborhood kids who live across the street from a vacant lot that has a lot of rocks and old crates in it, and they build up this whole imaginary world there. Every time we check it out from the library, the kids get all fired up to play Roxaboxen in our backyard. Here is Peanut's "house."
Raking leaves into piles and jumping in them is wonderful fun.
What's driving me nuts is that our ash tree is dropping lots of leaves but it isn't turning much. It's still mostly green. Where's our beautiful red and yellow canopy for our annual fall poetry reading? Blah.
Here's Roo reading in the yard. Doesn't that look peaceful and idyllic? Life with children... constant switching back and forth between screaming insanity and "awww... how sweet."
Yesterday during homeschool break, the Rabbit got together an impromptu school orchestra. It was a glorious cacophony. I loved their creativity.
I found this old Mighty Mind set in my closet... the first thinking skills toy I bought years and years ago for Bean and Fish. Peanut and Frog had so much fun with it yesterday. (A great toy, but beware: the magnets do not stay on the backs of the pieces. It's still very functional without the magnets, just don't take it in the car.)
Much good is happening around here, Birrd. Don't forget.