4 Nov 2012

Hands








The woolly tufts of a beloved teddy. A piece of sea glass polished of it's treacherous edges by the constant ebb and flow of the tide. Soft, springy grass still damp from morning dew. A timber table; strong, smooth and almost still breathing with life.

Hands. From the very first moments they grasp, they reach...they touch. They are instinctively drawn to objects from the earth; the natural world. 

Some time ago we gently erased the plastic sandpit world that our babies had been playing in and in its place we introduced a bounty of nature. Subtle temperature differences; cool rocks, warm timber. Varying weights, varying textures. Foraged feathers, pine cones and seed pods. Simple op shopped tools to inspire and ignite play. Natural objects that encourage fingers to linger; senses to heighten. A world of sensation.

Steph x

18 comments:

  1. How beautiful. What an awesome experience you are creating for your little ones. Superb photography too. Thanks for finding my blog Steph. Look forward to popping in here regularly xx

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    1. Thanks lovely Elisa! I can't help but climb in with them too. WIshing you a beautiful day :) x

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  2. These photos are so beautiful! <3

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    1. Thank-you so very much! Have a gorgeous day :) x

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  3. What a beautiful space! I love these ideas. Those little hands look happy x

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    1. Thanks lovely Fran! Hope your week is gorgeous :) x

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  4. This looks like a wonderful spot to sit and explore. Happy hands. xo

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  5. I'm often found here sifting sandy shells through my hands! Thanks for visiting...hope your day is lovely :) x

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  6. Beautiful. I love the joy the simplest things bring to our little people..x

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  7. Steph I can not get enough glimpses at the world you are creating for your children, it's very inspiring!
    Kaizer is finally getting a sandpit for Xmas this year...even though we lives minutes from the beach and spend a lot of time there, I think he will relish having sand at home too. I envision something very similar to this :)

    xx

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    1. Such lovely words Tammi! Coming from such a wonderful Mumma as yourself I treasure your words. Wishing you the loveliest of days :) x

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  8. gorgeous new blog steph! looks like the sand play is a winner with both. x

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  9. Gorgeous photographs and such a beautiful blog. I love this idea, so inspiring. Caroline x

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    1. Thanks so much Caroline! Wishing you the loveliest of days :) x

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  10. Such a lovely idea, and unlike those plastic clam shells, it actually reminds me of the beach with all those natural elements. The kids obviously love it.

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  11. the warm afternoon sun in these images are just beautiful steph ... and wise words my friend x

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  12. What a gorgeous idea. Cohen's sand pit needs refilling. Might hide the plastic shovels and truck and fill it with stones and shells instead. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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  13. I would live in this sandpit if it were mine Steph. The natural materials are perfect for early discovery and exploratory play. Amazingly beautiful x

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Your words brighten my day! Thank-you so much for joining me on my adventure. x