This year we have relocated our mud-pie kitchen to allow more space and easier water access. After all, if you’re gonna have mud, ya’ gotta have water. What we have learned is that the mud-pie kitchen is very temporary. Although it looks wonderful to begin with, it starts to get used and worn out pretty quick. So we are searching for some “new” worn items for the next round. Keep your eyes open for the next incarnation.

The slide hill has new grass, for year two. We are actually pleased with how well the grass survived such a well traveled hill. But newer green is always beautiful. We slightly reduced the pitch of the hill (to help with water run-off) and cut natural steps into the back of it for access. We decided to not re-sod that back area with grass (for obvious reasons). We’ll see what happens.

We are creating our sound garden. It may take a few attempts to get it right, but we are starting. We have an area set up and this week we will be adding familiar items that the children can practice making noise with. Life is good! Hope the neighbors will hear it that way.

What used to be our climbing structure area is now, finally divided into four areas: the beach, the grass, the mud-pie kitchen and a new space for trucks, move-able parts, construction and other creative play. Later this week we will add more beach umbrellas, a couple of palm trees and more potted plants to explore.

We are grateful for the help from staff and parents and family members to keep sprucing up our loving and creative center. It takes a village to keep this kind of energy young and alive. Last year’s herb garden is again flourishing and being used to teach the tastes of our freshly cooked meals. Last year’s flowers are blooming, berries are growing and the circle of life is all around us. What a teaching cycle we have.

Thanks so much to all Caring Connection Children’s Center family and friends, now and then.