We Play With Swings

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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18 thoughts on “We Play With Swings

  1. What a clever girl to do that by herself!

    And why is it that every time I sit on the swing next to my daughter at the park I feel dizzy within moments? I am sure I loved it once upon a time …
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  2. Ha ha ha! For whatever stupid reason, our insurance company will not allow us to have a swing set at the preschool. Seriously! That said, the kids are constantly making their own swings from ropes they hang from our monkey bars or tree branches. Yesterday, a couple of boys were swinging on a string of vinyl belts they tied together. Our stupid insurance company gave us a problem and the kids solved it!

    I echo Joyce’s comment — I love that the swing set has a history!
    .-= Teacher Tom´s last blog .."If You Touch This Part It Will Burn You" =-.

  3. I think when I used to be on a swing i used to feel like was flying ~~ set free like a bird…

    “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” could not agree more with you here…

    My subject this week that I covered was this ~~ http://romanticflairoriginal.blogspot.com/2010/06/clownsentertainingdramatizingrelating.html

  4. It is brilliant, not only is the girl, but also the way that you educate you child. Thinking independently and being creative that the kids will benefit from are important characters. Good job, little cutey.

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