Cold wet socks, pants and wet mittens, plus a project that takes much more work than expected, plus convincing your 3 year old sister to help you; Equals resilience, patience and conflict resolution skills by the end of a day at the creek.
Caleb decides he wants to build a big boat. He collects logs and sticks, and plans his project.
Caleb begins putting together his boat, weaving smaller sticks through the larger logs. The pieces keep floating away. He keeps getting soakers (water filling his boots).
He notices his sister, (also known as “his extra set of hands”) climbing up and down the logs and tree roots.
Instead of getting frustrated and giving up, he practices his communication and negotiates to get her to come down and help him build the boat.
He explains what he needs her to do. They work together, and in exchange he offers her the first ride on the boat.
As you may have guessed, this resulted in Belle taking the earliest creek swim this year!
You too will be amazed at what nature can teach little ones.