Children love everything. they just love to be active and explore new things. Today at Ruby Morning, after we chopped vegetables and made the soup, we spent hours and hours outside. It was such a warm, pleasant, pre-spring day. No shoes in the sandbox and seriously focused, happy children.
We also got out the hammer and nails and did some strongarm pounding. What I love is that children are as happy as can be just pounding nails for the pure act of pounding. No final product necessary. I've dedicated a large stump for just this.
Later in the afternoon after naptime, we decided to bake some shortbread cookies. We even grated the whole nutmeg for the 1/2 teaspoon we needed for the recipe, and used fresh cream, straight from the cow to us in a mason jar. I didn't have any cookie presses, so we improvised with the bottom of one of our snack cups.
And what did we do next? We enjoyed cookies and rice milk out at the picnic table!