Over the past couple of weeks, we have seen our fair share of rain at TPH. Does that stop us from heading outside? Of course not! One day we went out after a huge raincloud had passed through and showered our yard. We noticed water collect in various places, such as the tarp on top of the sandbox and the large red wagon. TLC immediately made his way to the wagon and stacked one of the crates upside-down in the wagon and then placed a couple bamboo sticks through the holes in the crates. After a few minutes of pulling the wagon around, he stopped and MR walked over to the wagon to see what was happening.
The crate was moved to one end of the wagon and TS and SF came over to see what MR and TLC were doing. MR stuck the end of the stick into the water in the wagon and said, "I'm fishing." This is what happened next:
Bee: "What are you fishing for?"
MR: "Uh... Fish!"
TLC then takes a long bamboo stick and heads away from the wagon towards a small tree on the other side of the yard, touching his stick to the bottom of the tree. He comes running back and says, "I caught a swordfish!"
Bee: "You caught a swordfish!" While looking at MR, TS, and SF, I said, "I wonder what kind of fish you're fishing for."
MR: "Dead fish!"
Then JH came over with a stick, placed the end of it in the wagon and said, "I'm fishing." TS stuck the end of a funnel into the water and said, "fishing!"
Bee: "I wonder what you're fishing for now."
MR: "Fire fish."
TS: "Fire fish."
TLC ran back to the tree, then quickly came back exclaiming, "I got a tree fish!"
Without the rain, this imaginative play may not have occurred and without water, there would be no fish to imagine. Being able to be outside in all kinds of weather allows for this kind of play to organically happen. This specific exploration also allows for further discussion of the properties of water and the entire topic of fish!
This reminded me of one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books, "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish." It is all about imagination, randomness, odd creatures and things, rhyming and language, and of course some interesting looking fish!
"Every day, from here to there, funny things are everywhere."