Welcome to the New Year. Like any mother, I love to treat to my kids. I love to see their eyes light up in front of something special or inviting. I love that look in their eyes when I can say yes and the delight that follows an invitation to go out for an ice cream, or a special cup of hot cocoa—just me and them.
Children use play experiences to develop physical, cognitive, emotional and social skills, and they test these skills, day in and day out. When it comes to play, kids know what to do – it’s like how we are born with certain instincts – playing is engrained in us from the start. And open-ended play – or, free play – is a child’s natural language.
As the season changes from Winter to Spring, so does our daily rhythm in the home. The sun greets us earlier, which means the hastier sound of little feet scampering to welcome us into the day, it means the windows open and the song of the birds, and the beckoning of the woods to come and explore.