Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Nature Boy

Connecting Family Through Creative Play: Day 5 - Exploring Nature

Elijah has always been a nature lover.  At first this might seem a bit odd considering that our back "yard" is made of concrete and helicopter was one of his first words (hey-cocky) because he saw them so much.  But whether it's digging in the dirt out front, strolling around the arboretum or collecting sticks while out for a walk, if there's nature to be had, Elijah will find it. 

Our latest nature-y spot is at the park at 12th and E NE here in DC, which we first discovered thanks to our friends Sam and Kate.  (Sam is the one with the luscious locks in the photos above.)  At this park, there is a small playground, but Elijah prefers the adjoining grassy areas and tree-lined pathways.  In particular, there is a small "fort" that was created around one of the trees.  Tall holly bushes surround the tree, leaving just a small opening perfect for small boys to sneak into.

In general, I would say that Elijah generally prefers nature to playgrounds.  I would like to say that this speaks to his need for open-ended play, and that might be true, but I also think that it has something to do with the fact that Elijah didn't take his first steps until the ripe old age of 20 months.   When the playground equipment remained beyond his reach, nature was there for him.  Set him in a rock pile or mud pit at that age and he was happy as a pig in, well, a mud pit.  And while he did finally learn to walk (and slide), his appreciation for nature has stayed strong, city boy though he may be.   

1 comment:

  1. Look at that smile. :) Good for them .... being surrounded by nature.