1. Fascinating looking at the different things you can do in sunny USA – your robins are thinner and seem to have a longer red bib (in your next post) than our skinny British ones; and your pine cones are crazy sized. But your child just as happy playing in the woods arranging sticks to his satisfaction! Not quite sure of your audience or rationale but I blog as a nature mum despite living in the city – and the stick game works well on pavements and park benches too! nicola http://homemadekids.wordpress.com


    1. I recently found your blog, and have been reading your posts! It’s great!! We actually live in the suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area, but we find nature and outdoor play everywhere we can. And my goal is to get more families outside playing and exploring the wonders of nature, too. Daily, if possible! Especially in the cities. I would hope kids who live in the mountains (like where we are in this post) are taking advantage of their surroundings and are already outdoors playing! I’m hoping to help those parents who may not be familiar with nature themselves discover that it’s pretty easy to get out there. Nothing fancy needed… just an empty lot, the city park, or the sidewalk out front their home. The only props needed are an imagination, sticks, rocks, or, in any form, water.


    1. There’s something beautiful about seeing children playing with natural things in a natural environment. It’s like deep down in our psyche, we know this is what children are supposed to be doing.


  2. That’s a “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” pine cone there. I’d have to hot glue about 20 pine cones here to give that one any competition. Great photos and looks like the guy is having a blast.


    1. Thank you for making me laugh! Made my husband laugh, too! He was having so much fun stacking those sticks and playing with the pine cones. What he built there was a little firewood stand.


    1. Too funny… when I posted these photos, I wasn’t even thinking about the size of the pine cone! They’re pretty normal around the Sierra Nevada mountain range. They come from the Sugar Pine.


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