Indoor activities are coming to the fore as winter sets in around here, but we were lucky enough to score a fine, if cool, day last week that coincided with a day off from school for my eldest. So what did three sisters want to do?
1. Stay in pyjamas all day - CHECK
2. Play outside until the chill set in - CHECK
3. Cooking-in-the-dirt - CHECK
My girls love to play in the dirt. It has a different fascination for them than playing in the sandpit; when they play in the dirt, they are more likely to involve multiple other objects from nature (grass, leaves, fruit, herbs, sticks, snail shells, feathers ...) and the elder two are often to be found engaged in extended imaginative play, usually involving cooking. We've had a large number of lemon-grass-dirt soups, "gorgeous" herb casseroles, "exquisilet" mudcakes (literally!) and dirt cookies coming out of our backyard kitchen.
Outdoor play is more restricted in winter so whenever health and clear skies allow, I like to let the kids have the run of their dirt kitchen.
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