It got me thinking about how home is a concept that children begin to build into very early. It's deeply comforting and rooting and it puts them in control, because anyone can make their own home in the sand or with blocks or with boxes and it gives one a real private place in the world - a place to call your own. AND a place where you can do what you want - isn't that fun?
The following pictures contain about an hour and a half of play, and all began with one room in which there was a bed. From there, it radiated outward to kitchen, living room, more bedrooms, stairs, gardens, etc... Food in the kitchen (see the green seaweed thingys) was a big attraction. Then there was the introduction of another house (a second home?) which took a car to get to, so we had to draw the car. As David Byrne sang:
"Home is where I want to be Pick me up and turn me round..."Here are the pics. The overview of most of the first home with Esme and Ursula consulting:
Esme adding another Bedroom:
I have NO IDEA... more food???
Esme drawing a meal onto a plate in the kitchen:
The Fast Car:
Starting a new garden:
Another Kitchen filled with food:
A fully planted Garden:
Where we went in Costa Rica? Playa Langosta near Tamarindo and stayed in a hotel called Cala Luna (very nice, but pricey for Costa Rica! We've usually always rented a house in the past for our six families, which is much more affordable). (Images: Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan)