It will probably evolve, but while we no longer have the amazing contraption for flowing our water . . .
. . . we still have the cast iron pump and muck bucket . . .
. . . but now with just a single length of gutter that drains into the sand. In spite of that diminished capability, we kept the water flowing pretty much continuously, raced lots of boats down it, and stirred up plenty of sandy concoctions.
Getting the water play out of the garden entirely, seemed to really transform the place in a positive way, giving the gardeners a lot more room to sink their primroses and pansies without the ever-present threat of having water dumped on their backs. And once the rain barrel is full again, we'll have a convenient water-source for filling our watering cans.
The 2's were much more likely than their 3-5 counterparts the day before to simply plop down in the new coffee bean "pea gravel" and treat it as a tactile and olfactory sensory experience. This may be a function of their development, but it could also just be that the less crowded garden made it possible. I'm eager to see if we see more of this kind of play today when the 3-5's return.
Little World and our construction materials were virtually untouched.
And again, just as happened with the 3-5's on Monday, the adults noticed that the children played much more quietly than they have previously. I'll be listening to see if this is just a response to something new or if our re-design has somehow motivated an new approach to outdoor play.
When I arrived home, I found the following comment on yesterday's post from Charlie M.'s mom Elizabeth:
From Charlie today after school: "Mama, my friend Connor and I pump, pump, pumped the water down the slide and watched the boats. I have a C in my name and Connor has a C in his name and because of that, we did teamwork and pumped the water."
In the afternoon, when I met with the Pre-K class, one of their "assignments" was to write about or draw a picture of something else they would like us to have in our new playground. There was a lot of excitement about Josephine's idea of building a castle, which feeds very nicely into our intent to use one or both of our new construction-area "floors" . . .
. . . as a structure of some sort. If I have long enough nails in my garage, we'll get started on it today. Otherwise it will have to wait until after a trip to the hardware store.