A few weeks ago we were playing outside waiting for daddy to get home from work. It had been a long day and we were trying to pass the time. I got out paint brushes and cups of water to “paint” on the sidewalk. Levi thought it was super fun but he kept dumping out his water cup and asking for fresh water. I tried to convince him that he really didn’t need fresh water…the dirt was okay. We were just painting the sidewalk. He didn’t buy it. So being the
fun lazy mom that I am, I filled up a bucket of water and told him he could get his own fresh water when he needed it.
The next thing I knew, I looked up from my painting to see that someone had decided that climbing into the bucket was much more fun than my idea of filling up his cup.
He would stand up and then jump down. Water was splashing everywhere and he thought it was great. Way better than painting I guess.
We have a little pool but I think he had more fun in the bucket than he has had in the pool all summer. I was really tempted to get mad at him…after all he did totally soak his clothes and had ditched my art time.
But instead, Griffin and I sat and watched him. We cheered and laughed when he made big splashes.
I think Griffin really wanted to get in the bucket too. He’s always getting left out of the fun these days…
…and this is how he feels about that.
There are so many great ideas floating around of things we can do with our kids…and creative people who generously share their ideas. I am thankful for blogs and sites like Pinterest because we like to do special activites around here too. But I think sometimes we forget to just let our kids be kids. We forget to play into their ideas and imagination. We forget that they don’t need special toys or a planned craft to have fun. We forget to laugh and cheer for them when they are soaking their clothes and splashing water everywhere. At least I do.
Sometimes it is the simple things…like water in a bucket…that bring them so much joy.
*In case you are concerned: Levi was supervised every second he was playing in the bucket. I fully understand the dangers of children playing in buckets of water. Believe me, I worry about everything when it comes to my kids.