My kids are right into swings at the moment. You see, we have inherited an old A frame swing set. Apparently it is doing the rounds of the neighbourhood and we are its third owners. The children in the house behind us grew up, and passed the swing set onto the family beside us. Now those children have outgrown swinging too, so the big blue A frame was passed up and over the tall wooden fence once again. We only have a tiny patch of flat ground in front of the rock wall, and the swings take up the whole flat area, but the kids are delighted.
I loved watching my daughter take her knowledge of swings inside this week. While her brother was napping I suggested she create something with a cereal box. Look at what she came up with! She did all the cutting herself, and punched the holes for the string. I needed to tie the string on for her, and loop it over the curtain rod.
She was thrilled about pushing Buckingham (the teddy her Daddy bought for her while I was still pregnant with her… awww) but soon discovered a problem. He fell out easily after one or two pushes. I asked her how she would like to solve that problem, and she came up with a safety bar which you can see her attaching in the photo.
I love looking for opportunities to encourage independent problem solving through play. I could have told her what we were going to make with the box. I could have fixed the problem with the bear falling out. I could have done a lot of things for her, but where would the learning be in that?
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