We’re so excited that it’s officially Spring, the weather of no heavy jackets, sandals (or barefoot) every day, and as much time as possible running around outside. Last summer, we’d go on “adventure walks” and find treasures and stow them in a basket. Pinecones, flowers, seed pods, sticks, feathers, acorns, whatever the girls found and deemed worthy of the basket. Then we’d sort everything out on the kitchen table by color or type or size, and I’d tell them about what we found.
We decided to go outside on the first day of Spring and have our first adventure walk of the season. We stayed in our backyard and found some fun treasures. I decided to start a new tradition, which I’m sure will stick around. Instead of heading back inside, we packed our watercolor supplies and our new Gathre mat in a big basket and set up shop under the canopy of a gigantic pine tree in the field next to our home. And we painted pictures of our new finds: dried thyme stems from the vegetable garden, the cutest miniature pinecones, and some beautiful wildflowers growing in our grass.
The girls were a little confused when I said we were painting what we found. Zoe thought we were actually putting paint ON the treasures, and Naomi just wanted to do her own thing. I had to explain (sometimes explaining things to kids is so much harder than you’d think) to Zoe that we were painting PICTURES OF the things we found. And then I had to demonstrate (very poorly, if I might add….Joe should be teaching this class) with a thyme stem. I saw her eyes twinkle with excitement because it clicked! I’m planning on taking them out regularly and painting and coloring our adventure walk finds! I’ll share more throughout the year! Maybe my own painting will improve (anyone offer watercolor lessons?)!
Photos by my wonderful sister-in-law Abigail Gallop.
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