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Friday, April 1, 2011

Can You Come Outside to Play Challenge

Sweet Sis & me holding my favorite
flower, hydrangea. It's sentimental, really.
It reminds me of my grandma.
(That's her hydrangea bush pictured.)
As a child, one of my favorite places to play was the sand pile. That's right -- sand "pile". Not "box". My grandparents lived next door and every spring they'd dump a fresh pickup load of sand on the far side of the yard for us to play in all summer. My sister and I would play "bakery" and use different types of soil for different flavors of cakes. Using old Land O' Lakes butter tubs, (you know, the ones with little ears of corn all around the sides), we'd make cake after cake using sand for "white" cake, soil for "chocolate" cake and the ever abundant red clay for "cinnamon" pound cake. Topped them with clover flowers and voila! K&K Bakery was a hit with the neighborhood kids, which, um, were, the dog. We lived out in the country, so no neighborhood kids to speak of really. So, I repeat my post title of yesterday, "God made dirt and dirt don't hurt." 

I've joined the
"Can You Come Outside to Play?" Challenge. There's still time for you to join too, if you do it TODAY. 

To meet the challenge requirements, you just have to commit to playing outside at least 30 minutes a day with your child, comment on her blog TODAY, and become a follower. She'll post ideas and books about the benefit of outdoor play. Sounds like fun! Plus, if you achieve the goal, you're entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card. More fun!

What were your favorite outdoor activities as a child?


  1. Thank you for joining our challenge and for sharing it with your followers! You are awesome! I can't wait to see the wonderful fun ideas you share!

  2. Have you read 'Last Child in the Woods'? I think you would love it. :)

  3. Sally, I haven't read it. The title sounds a little creepy, but I'll trust you. I'd love to borrow it if you have it.

  4. I found you through the challenge, and I love me some hydrangeas too! They are the quintessential southern flower, and I finally got my hands on a bush for the perfect spot in my yard. Can't wait to see them growing!

  5. Thanks Lauren! Mine are always Carolina blue, but boy, do I drool over the purple and pink ones too! Hope you enjoy yours!