Of the two of us, Sebastian is truly the "active" parent. He has an amazing energy, and is happy getting out-of-doors and moving with the boys -- rides in the bicycle trailer, jaunts down the block to the river, fix-it and building projects around the house.
And I find I am most comfortable with the more grounding side of parenting -- care of the body, reading, indoor play.
This, I think, is what strengthens our relationship as parents and parnters, what gives us our yin and our yang. But, over the weekend, while Sebastian is working long shifts at the restaurant, I need to find ways to get the boys outside and moving. Usually, this is not a difficult thing to do. But, sometimes, they need a little nudge.
So, I made a small "scavenger hunt." Quinn was happy with just one task -- check on River (the little dog next door). But Pan was up for something a little more challenging. Together we made a list of things for him to find outside. As he doesn't read yet, I drew pictures of an apple (with no bites taken from it), an oval shaped stone (to be found in just that shape and size), a leaf the color of his rain jacket, a flower. He took his basket, and a pen to check off the items as he found them.
This all came together in a matter of minutes -- no planning ahead or preparation required. Just the seed of an idea I'd seen on pinterest, and adapted to fit my little ones. The best kind of play, really.
Pan didn't find all the items on the list, but it was a step out the door. In hunting around the yard for these specific (but findable) objects, they soon found their own game to dig into. And I could keep canning my peaches.
PS: In searching for an unbitten apple, Pan climbed all the way to the top of our tiny apple tree! Here's his first attempt, with help from Quinny: