One of my kids favourite activities is digging in the sand. They love to build roads, castles or volcanoes - and getting dirty.
Friday afternoon was beautiful, and the boys and I headed to our local playground. It's less than 5 minutes to walk there. For the first time, I let Mr. J head over on his bike while I was still gathering up the toys and the wagon. This is a new thing for us, giving him some extra "freedom" and expanding the boundaries we have had for the last few years.
When I got to the soccer field, I could see a group of boys (ranging in age from 8-12, with one older one around 15). They had their bikes and some were riding around the soccer field, while others were playing on the structure. Mr. J was hanging back, I think he felt intimidated by them (they weren't doing anything to make him feel that way at all, they were just hanging out together. I was happy to see that ALL of them were wearing helmets while on their bikes! So often I see teens with either no helmet, or it's hanging off their handle bars)
When Mr. K and I arrived, we parked the wagon in the sand and he got to work. Mr. J decided he wanted to ride his bike on the loop of paths that surround the area.
He eventually came back and decided to hang around with us - although I think he was a little bored and would have been happier to have a friend to play with.
We spent an hour playing, and then headed back home to clean up. Do you spend time at the park?