Today we made a pond.
Usually my small people play in my sink, and I don’t mind that, but the weather’s changed so we’re always outside. I am working on plans for another awesome find from Let The Children Play, a water wall. Until I gather all the necessary items, I needed something else. I thought of how much my sisters and I loved puddles growing up, and I thought, “Why not give them a giant puddle?” It was really more of an exploratory exercise: look how the composition of the soil is changing, which tree do you think these roots are coming from?, if we dig really far down, what do you think we’ll find? But the puddle turned out okay too. My daughters and our neighbor loved it.
First we picked a spot.
Then we got our shovels.
Then, we dug.
Then I let Ryleigh dig while I sipped mint green tea.
Then we were done digging.
I wanted something to cover the dirt with, so that the “pond” water would be easy to clean. I decided on tarp. Then I remembered I don’t have tarp so I went with an old shower curtain liner. I cut it to size first.
Then I tucked the tarp, er, shower thingy, into the hole.
Then we put the water in.
We put rocks in the bottom to hold it down.
Then it was time for ambiance.
Then, it was time to let the children play. :) xoxo
Cost: about $5.