It’s a Thursday! Already! That means… home ed free play meet!
We headed to a park we haven’t tried before, in West Bridgford, Nottingham. It was great! They had a brilliant sand pit which Aeryn loved, but I had to improvise her bucket and spade as it seems NOWHERE sells them in March! So we got a £1 scoop and £1.50 tupperware pot and made do! (She loved them both!)
Aeryn really liked building sandcastles with me and then instantly destroying them, either with her stick-flag, or simple bashing with the spade. And then building them again. She really enjoyed collaborating with others in the home ed group to build new castles and did really well sharing her new bucket and spade and borrowing from others!
We had to really wrap up because it was quite chilly, but we still had a great day.
The sand pit also had several structures and equipment to manipulate the sand in new ways, which were pretty cool!
The rest of the park was great, too! Aeryn used this hut to play shops with me – we bought tea and bananas and oranges back and forth, and I had to pay with imaginary money and then on card. Contactless, of course. I find it so crazy that her conception of money is such that contactless payment is just completely normal!
As usual, she also loved the swings!
And I was REALLY proud because she conquered this huge tube slide by herself! I had to help her up the bottom step to get into the structure as it was just too high, but she still went down the slide by herself at least 10 times! Her waterproof trousers really helped her slide quickly, which she loved!
She’s spent SO long not quite having the confidence to try things like this, where she isn’t certain of the end point or it’s dark inside or there are other children also waiting for a turn. But she’s really turning a corner and learning to take more risks! It’s awesome.
It’s also great because usually I get dragged up these things to have a turn with her! But it’s becoming much harder to do that with bump and my one turn on this thing today really pulled some of my stomach and back muscles. I don’t want her to miss out because I’m becoming more immobile so it’s WONDERFUL that she’s finding her confidence!