I’ve been in one of those soul-searching moods lately asking myself why it’s sometimes so hard for me to play with my daughter. Of course, some of it has to do with energy levels for both of us after a day spent apart, but I have to admit that I am not always following her lead. She is not a whimsical child and not an artsy child despite all my efforts to spark her interest there. She has a lot more interest in “usable” things and in experiments where she gets to touch, smell and explore the world. This is where she is happiest and most engaged, and I don’t feel that I am pushing through resistance when we do things together.
We all so enjoyed our first spring hike. The weather couldn’t be better, and the trail was easy enough for her. She loved being able to climb rocks and trees, pick sticks, smell flowers and look at insects. Bugs… a subject of her wonder. She has a pretty involved plan for a bug house, there is only one problem – we don’t see a lot of non-flying insects in the backyard. I think they are being picked up by birds that are everywhere lately. Anna doesn’t care quite as much for birds, because they cannot be picked up and examined, and they also happen to use our deck as a potty training place for their young. She prefers to use the deck for bubble blowing, and last week we conducted experiments with self-made wands and colored bubble solutions. Strangely, she predicted correctly that her rectangular wand will produce round bubbles, but then expected me to produce star shaped bubbles from my star-shaped wand. Solutions colored by food coloring turned out very weak – we could barely see the colors when the bubbles popped on the paper. The real highlight of the week was the first ever kite flying. Anna worked very hard and was diligently trying to get her kite in the air while figuring out in the process that she should move with the wind to make it happen. There was also a lot of flying paper airplanes, watching rainbow in the sprinkles and turning rocks in search of those elusive bugs.
And when she was exhausted from all the running, she was sitting outside reading her “Science book” deciding on which experiments she wants to do next. She also commented how the book says “age 5+", but “it’s OK because I love science very much”.