O and I painted a squirrel on a drawstring backpack (freezer paper stenciled) that we take with us on our walks. We have several necessities in our bag...a magnifying glass, crayon rocks, a notebook, and a flashlight. I intended for O to wear the bag, but it's too big for her. Last time we took it with us, Elliott wore it (since I am usually wearing either the baby or O...yes, O still fits in the Beco and LOVES it!).
O sat down on a fallen tree to draw what she saw.
We have fun inspecting holes with flashlights and looking at fallen trees with a magnifying glass. It's also fun to find odd trees in the woods. O was thrilled to see this strange tree...she said it looks just like a climbing wall, and she immediately ran to climb it.
While we are in the woods, we are ALWAYS playing pretend...we are either characters from the Little House on the Prairie books or characters from the American Girl books. Lately, we've had fun pretending to be the characters from Kaya's books. Baby E LOVES Kaya and calls her "KyKy," so she was thrilled a few days ago when we were pretending that she was Kaya. My mom gave O a miniature Kaya doll for Christmas which was the highlight of O's Christmas. O recently gave the doll to E since E loves Kaya so much. Her kindness and generosity floored me...I hope they will always love each other so much!