We grandparents attended the annual June North Country Fair in Alberta with the family, and eight of us shared the camper! Needless to say, everyone got a chance to join in outdoor play and we are happy to report that things have become far more family centered than at the original Woodstock!
Every child adores the central play area, and many would give up meal time or concert performances simply to stay there and play or work on crafts. Some even nap there!
The Reed Stage area (named after our grandson) is right at the edge of this play spot, and this year every family was thrilled to enjoy Fred Penner’s appearance! Why one man even proposed to his future wife on stage during Penner’s performance! Here Fred jokes with my husband, who appears to look like a brother or cousin!
This year several changes were made to the play area. First, volunteers assembled a new toy airplane for the young ones to enjoy.It worked out even better than I anticipated with kids making up stories about where they were traveling (Anchorage was one destination) and others giving announcements to passengers about sudden weather conditions or surprise landings. (That’s the Reed Stage in the background) Simple swings and climbing toys were reliable choices too.Leo was drawn to the toy cars (as well as sitting behind the wheel of real cars!)He and Ivy enjoyed the large Lego pieces and built a bridge with grandad.Leo was on the lookout for pirates.Volunteers also established a new natural play area for balancing on logs. Ivy always enjoys crafts and books.Leo loves his new book on camping and underpants! I like to read about “Little Beaver and the Echo”.And all of them enjoy a simple ball.Nana only needed a few well chosen pebbles to play.But no materials were required for Leo who spent a long time studying this bug:Ivy needs no toys at all as long as playmates are nearby!Ring-a-round the rosie,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down.A beautiful rainbow or two mesmerize Miss Ivy at any time.Forrest was a happy camper too, as long as Mommy was in sight!I hope you enjoy your playtime outdoors too!
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