When we were house hunting one of the most important things for me was a safe, enclosed garden so that the wee girl could play independently.
In our previous house we had a garden that opened directly on to the street; which meant that I had to hover whenever the wee girl was playing outside. It was fun to watch her, and to play with her, but I really wanted to give her more freedom to play by herself (and in all honesty playing spot the squirrel does lose it’s appeal after a while…).
With the recent installation of a fence at our new house, we now have that safe, enclosed garden.
I wrote about the kids first investigations of this new garden space a couple of weeks ago. Since then I have been encouraging the wee girl to go outside as often as I can. I have also been working on her independent play!
She has become used to having me as a play companion, and although this is no bad thing, it is now time for her to learn to be more comfortable playing alone; more self sufficient and imaginative.
I’ve tried to keep my distance and not take too many photos. And slowly we’re building up the amount of time she is happy to be alone, albeit with me watching from the kitchen!
She’s still a big fan of digging, need to get that mud kitchen started!
The Jenga blocks are being used for lots of tower building…
Banging a stick into the ground is great fun…
As is playing golf…?!
And, of course, we must stop to play air guitar at regular intervals!
Our collection of garden toys is a little haphazard at the moment! But really, you don’t need much to have fun and play. In fact, the best games are often the made up ones :)
Over the next few weeks a new play structure is going to be built in the garden, it’s currently in boxes on the driveway… This will be fantastic for the kids, and I can’t wait to see them play on it. It will be wonderful for the wee girls confidence and climbing skills.
Although, I’m not as sure about it encouraging independence, as I suspect my days will be spent pushing the wee girl faster, faster on a swing…
I’m linking up with the wonderful Country Kids at Coombe Mill, as always. Click on the badge to see what everyone else has been up to and be inspired to get outside!