Some of my fondest memories as a child are of playing in creeks with my brothers and other neighborhood kids. We could spend hours playing, exploring, learning, and cooling down on a hot day. We were late for dinner all the time – sorry mom.
There’s something special about the water, moss, rocks, small creatures and plant life that you find in and near creeks. Something magical that is different from any other shore. There is so much to find, explore and do that the hours will fly by like minutes.
Get Outside & Connect Activity Week # 32 – Play in a Creek.
This weeks activity is to play in a creek. If you don’t know of a creek near you call you local parks and recreation department. They will be able to point you in the right direction.
There is so much to explore and do around creeks. From learning about the plants and creatures that live there, to engaging in pretend play you can always find something to do.
We watched some boys play pirate ship, another family building a dam, some other kids having a water soaker war, and another group chasing after fish and tadpoles. My daughter has an endless fascination with rocks. As you can see below, she was in heaven at this particular creek.
Playing in a creek is a perfect activity on a hot day. On the day these pictures were taken the temperature was 108 outside, but you would never know it down by the creek. As I walked around with my feet in the water in the direct sunlight it felt like it was only about 80 degrees – and I was still completely dry except for my feet!
I was so comfortable in the coolness of the creek I forgot how hot it actually was. Below you can see me happily chasing after one of the little peg doll boats I made with my daughter.
My daughter was not as happy about them floating away. I think she missed the point – haha! She was so attached to our creations she had to put them all away.
But that was okay because we quickly found something else to do. There were huge tadpoles everywhere. They were so big they were about to be frogs. Can you find it in the photo below?
There were also lots of shells to collect, and a fallen tree that created a tunnel cave that my daughter stood at the mouth of for quite a while. I could tell she wanted to go in… but she didn’t dare.
It wasn’t long before we were completely immersed enjoying the water on this very hot day. There was one point where I actually started to feel cold. I had goosebumps and I wasn’t even in the water anymore. Did I tell you it was 108 out?
It was a wonderful afternoon that passed too fast. My daughter wailed when we had to leave, but what kid wouldn’t? I never made it home in time for dinner either remember?
Get outside and play in a creek this week. I promise you will love every minute of it. Be prepared to go eat on the way home or have a crock pot going like we did or you won’t be home in time for dinner either. 😉
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Nell has over 20 years of experience working with children and is the founder of Rhythms of Play. She believes in the power of the imagination, learning through play, making this world a greener place to live, and getting outside in all seasons! Learn more…