The children made a communication friendly space today!
They don’t usually play in the front garden other than using it as a space to dump their bikes in preference for their scooters but I was out there with the stepping stones and I asked them where they wanted me to put them. I had an idea where I wanted them but it’s their garden so I gave them the decision. It turns out they wanted them far enough apart that they could jump from one to the next:
Of course once I had added the stepping stones, they were then playing in the front garden. I came in to see to lunch and when I went back outside they had made this fantastic communication friendly space! They had a blanket on the ground and had stretched out the black netting across from the fence to the tree. I gave them a little help because they were trying to secure one corner of the net to the ground…I found a tent peg in the outdoor toybox. This was a brilliant shelter because they were shaded from the sun and it immediately created a calm environment for them to chat. Usually the children are quite independent outside and don’t stick together in a group. They play group games such as chasing and ‘Red Rover Red Rover’ but this was different. It changed the atmosphere completely into a more relaxed space where immediately their voices dropped and it went from rowdy outdoor voices to inside voices and real communication.
The pack Elizabeth gave us contained some brilliant clamps which are fantastic because they have a gap in them which can go around the tree branch so it doesn’t damage the tree.