Why separate learning from play?
Here was a neat little impromptu climbing adventure on the way home from our adventure. The trees along our river are quite large and old. Seems one of them had gotten struck by lightning recently and had been started to be taken away. Clearly only a several-day job; we had to experience it now, if we ever..haha..wood.
The kids first wanted to get out and play on it, just because it was something to climb on. The first thought of an education session might be ‘see these annual rings?’ I wasn’t sure they would be all that interested in that yet, and we can see annual rings whever…there’s lots of stumps. We soon discovered we were able to see what the inside of a tree looks like while it’s growing.
They are riddled with bug holes throughout, giant pieces of bark were finally available for them to pry off a try because it was dead now anyway.
But it was more just about climbing today
The kids quickly learned when sitting atop a stump that it only looks like something that they could slide right off them. Instead of telling them that, I let the sensitive skin of their back upper thighs teach them THAT lesson.
They climbed up and jumped off more stumps, and then we continued home…I still had a 6km unicycle ride ahead of me. We got home tired and more educated, and with photos to look through in more detail after the fact.