• The Beach •
Sand. Mess. Water. Creatures. Sand dunes. The beach was surely designed just for kids, right?! Some of my favourite memories as a child were made at the beach, and I hope to give my children a similar experience. I want them to love, enjoy and respect it.
Lizzie is 17 months, so perhaps my favourite current feature of a beach trip is that she can wander far and wide (obviously not into the water!) and pretty much everything is on limits, instead of off. Here is an environment that is so incredibly rich in sensory experiences, and yes, you can touch, taste, feel, smell and listen to all of it.
I always visualise her brain just going off like fireworks with new connections as she explores, downloading new information as she feels kelp for the first time, strengthening exisiting connections as she hears the sound of the waves again.
Meanwhile, I can dig my toes into the sand (never gets old), sit back and watch. Young children know better than anyone what their interests are, what they’re working on, what understandings or skills they’re trying to master on that day, or in that moment. We just need to step back and let them show us.