Posted on June 5, 2014
Every blog I write I ask myself at some point ‘so what’. What’s the …’annd?’ for my lovely readers. Last week we went away with extended family and whilst ever it was never my intention prior to going to take pictures of ‘X’ to make a post about ‘Y’ I snapped away at whatever took my eye.
I like it that way.
It is unforced, natural and makes post-writing pleasurable (bit like that champagne!)
Looking through the pictures I thought there was good content for a post but who wants to see holiday snaps… really…? It wasn’t like we were holidaying with the Beckhams else the answer would’ve been everyone!
Play was in my mind… but what about it? The woods are good for you? Yeah we know that…
We were aware we’d taken lots of toys away with us to prepare for every eventuality and most of them had gone untouched… My thoughts marinated. As I picked up my daughter from school and opened the car boot I saw two sticks we brought home from the vacation.
And there it was. Two sticks we had brought home with us.
Sticks were the most used and played-with commodity by three children over a four-day period. Man has been using sticks since time began yet here in 2014 sticks were IT!
The kids used sticks to make dens
They hit trees with them
Used knives to whittle the sticks down
To carve their names in
To walk with
To play-fight with
To dig with
To cook with
Their sticks were known to them individually and were called ‘my stick’.
The sticks were left outside restaurants and shops… hidden in bushes so none else ‘pinched’ them whilst they were out of their owners hands.
Sporting activities were experienced, lego, nerf guns, toys, buckets and spades were bought but the constant, throughout our time in the woods, were the toys the woods themselves produced, free of charge. Sticks!
‘Annnd’? well, in a day and age (oh crikey how old do I sound!) where learning and play on screens is a given, it made me think about how well our kids can adapt back to basic play with nature… maybe they’re better at it than we might allow for… they just need the opportunity.
Incidentally, we stayed at Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest, where we have been on numerous occasions and would thoroughly recommend to anyone!