Children play year-round but some media for play is more easily used in summer. Some recent play that I’ve observed:
Observing the motion of wood chip mulch as it is shaken back and forth on a spring rider.
Using tools to move water and observe its flow.
Making a tunnel in the sand (damp but not frozen like it often is in winter!).
“Cooking” with leaves and sticks found at the end of a parking lot. One child asked, “Is this a useful plant?” We talked about a definition of weeds and how she wanted to use the plant.
Documenting where the shadow is in the morning, and planning to re-visit the outline in the afternoon.
I hope to have this much fun learning all summer!