In the business and chaos of childhood finding places of stillness is sometimes tricky. Over the past few years as a parent those moments of slowing have happened when we are doing something in the natural world. Watching a sunset; collecting conkers; looking at a rainbow; listening to the rain; star gazing. Those are the moments to pause – to feel connected.
But transferring this to working with a group of children often indoors isn’t always easy. On Sunday though we managed to slow right down, to be. With a group of 2 and 3 year olds we managed all this by simply planting bulbs.
We explored the bulbs, played with the soil, filled plant pots, pushed bulbs into the dark soil. The children were quiet and still and slowed right down. And as we moved onto other activities it was noticeable that the stillness and calm remained.
A simple activity that had a huge effect on the children and adults.