This week I’m participating in the Simply Living Blog Carnival! The topic of discussion is Going Green in baby steps. My post is a little different. If you’ve ever visited my blog, you know that I have two active little boys, and we spend a lot of our time outside. Well, I have a confession to make. I taught the boys some four letter words. Whew, that felt good to get off my chest. Want to know what they are? Here’s the first one.
Yeah. That’s right. I’m *that* mom that actively encourages my kids to dig in dirt. We even have a little roped off area for them in our front yard. They call it the “dinosaur pit”. They’re looking for dinosaur bones. And you know what? All the neighborhood kids love coming to our yard to dig as well. It’s fun. When it rains, and the pit fills up, everyone loves splashing in the puddle, and throwing rocks in to see how high of a splash they can make. It’s endless amounts of free play, and social interaction, and did I mention fun? All from digging in DIRT. Sure, I have a hole in my front yard, but I also have two very happy little boys, and an easy area for me to say “go play in the dirt!” and they are entertained for HOURS. So find an area in your yard, and let your kids dig their own holes in the dirt. Trust me. HOURS OF ENTERTAINMENT.
Dig. Dig. Dig.
I taught my kids another four letter word too. Can you guess what it is? (it starts with W and ends in O-R-M)
Yes. These are our compost bins. Dirt AND worms together? It’s like, a slice of heaven on earth.
My preschooler is pouting because he wants his own worms. Notice the shovel in the back for more digging?
So I encourage you, go ahead. Let your kids get dirty. Play in the dirt. Go dig up some worms. Trust me, it’s fun for everyone.