I remember the first time that it rained at Mayfield and the children stayed outside! I watched on stunned as the children slipped and slided in the mud and ended up covered from head to toe. I was slightly scared thinking “should I be letting them do this” but thinking how beautiful it was to see the joy on the children’s faces.
Climbing trees, watching bees up close, swinging on a rope swing, balancing on logs, playing in the rain, using sticks in play are all things that I was used to thinking were too “risky” or parents wouldn’t be happy with their children doing. I now know that all these things are important for so many areas of children’s development.