Although there have been a lot of challenges in this house, the best thing about it has been having a yard for the kids to play in. While we did have a nice park in our neighborhood in Bangkok, it is so much better to have grass, plants, dirt and trees surrounding your own house, instead of concrete.
At first, these two city girls didn’t really know how to interact with nature. They’d sit on a stool and watch a snail leave his slimy tracks.
But it didn’t take long before they were collecting sticks, rocks and other treasures, and chasing butterflies around the yard. I find they are so much happier when they get a couple of hours outside to run around, explore, and soak up some free vitamin D.We even have a small patch of sidewalk that makes a good place for chalk drawings. Daddy has come up with a few fun games, like attaching an old faucet to a long piece of wood.and setting up a station to practice badminton skills. The neighbors chickens like hanging out in our yard about as much as we do. This clothesline Ryan strung up for the girls kept them busy for days.A couple of dishes and wooden stools make a great makeshift kitchen.But the best, is when the neighbors come over to play. It’s great to see the girls building confidence, interacting with new people, and learning to communicate. Here they are making elaborate chalk drawings on scrap wood, and themselves!
What do your kids like to do outside? Any idea what kind of toys I could provide for the neighbor kids to play with when they come over? I don’t think the chalk is going to hold up for long!