This was one of those fun, spontaneous projects that became the creative focus for the day. Vivienne wanted to sew, and started to patch some fabric together. She planned to make a scarf and wanted to stuff it with wool to make it fluffy. I helped her to sew the pieced fabric into a tube. Then she decided that it should be a snake, so she added button eyes and a fabric tongue. Well, as soon as she had finished, Jasper and Mia wanted snakes, too. So they busily collected their fabric scraps and I sewed pieces together, they picked out buttons, and before you know it a whole snake family was created.
The kids had snake races down our stairs, they made snake leashes, they even made aluminum foil medals for the race winners. Hours were spent playing and cuddling their creatures, and it was so awesome to watch them enjoy being kids! It reminded me of the many opportunities for unstructured play that I had as a child, and how grateful I am to give that to my own children.
three cheers for first place in the snake race!