Friday, September 7, 2012

Digging a Hole on the Beach

Photo taken by Christine Nielsen
Over Labor Day weekend, we went to the beach with friends. While we were there, my son gave surfing a whirl (He actually got up on his feet!) while my daughter dug a deep hole with our friends' daughter. Eventually my son joined the two girls. They made that hole so deep they needed to get inside it to dig it out. They even built steps in the walls so they could get in and out of it.

And, why did they dig that hole? Just for the fun of it, of course. They had no real plans when they started and they easily abandoned it when we told them it was time to leave. This is  a perfect example of the process being more important than the product. It's also a great example of unstructured, outdoor play. Our kids had never met until that day, yet they easily settled into this project together.

As most of your kids go back to school, I hope you'll remember to allow for unstructured play-time (preferably outdoors) for your kids.  It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of work and school, and sports, and music lessons, and dance, and...and....

Take a breather. Slow down. Let your kids (and yourself) enjoy a little down time. Everyone's health and well-being will benefit.

When was the last time your kids enjoyed some unstructured, free play-time? How about you?

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Loose Parts Play
Loose Parts Play, Part 2
Loose Parts Play, Part 3
Encourage Free Play and Tinkering


  1. I love September on the beach. No one else is there, and since there are jellyfish, we are actually on the beach instead of in the ocean. It's a different view but just as fun! Lots of holes and sandcastles.

  2. Perogyo, I hadn't thought about that but it's true. It's the same in early spring when we get that first warm day of the year and go to the beach. It's too cold to swim so we hang out on the sand and MAYBE dip our toes in...