Why You Should Play Pooh Sticks with Preschoolers
Do you ever just say yes? Even when the timing isn't great? Even when you aren't sure how you'll pull it off? Even when you aren't sure if you want to?
Anyone following me on a regular basis knows that I am a sick mama. With this comes a lot of nos. There are days I can't do much of anything. There are a lot of days that they have to wait or come with me to do something for me when they would much rather be playing or doing something else. My kids are amazing really.
What does this have to do with saying yes? Well, there are days when I want to lie down, when I don't really want to do anything, but one of them has an idea. They share that idea and then the other one jumps on board. When that happens they start jumping up and down like only enthusiastic preschoolers really can and I find myself saying yes.
This is what happened with Pooh Sticks. We were snuggled on the couch reading. Mostly because they love books and I love books and it involves very little movement on my part. We were snuggled up and reading stories from Winnie the Pooh. We got to the story about the friends playing Pooh Sticks and this sparked an idea. My daughter commented that they were on a bridge like the bridge over our pond. "Let's go there and play that too!" she shouts. I could have pushed it off to "another day" or said no, but I said yes and we headed to the pond by our house.
Have you read or watched Winnie the Pooh? I have fond memories of my dad reading these stories aloud to me. He has a gift for making voices that helps to bring characters to life. His Eeyore was always my favorite.
In The House at Pooh Corner, there is a story about Pooh dropping a pinecone into the water by accident and he notices that it pops out on the other side of the bridge. The game itself comes from this incident and is quite simple.
Everyone finds a stick (or I suppose a pinecone) and goes to the middle of a bridge. (A river would work the best, but we pulled it off on the pond by our house.)
When everyone is ready, you drop your sticks into the water at the same time. Then you run to the other side of the bridge and watch to see whose stick comes out first. This person being the winner.
So, why should you play Poohsticks with your preschoolers? I could tell you that it is a lovely lesson in patience, currents, floating and other things, because it certainly is. I could also tell you that it is good to get outside and play. This is also true. The real reason I am glad we played Poohsticks is because it reminded me that sometimes it is important to say Yes.
This is part of the Learning Through Adventure Series. Find the rest of the posts HERE
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