Yesterday, I attended a work day at the creative space, that one of my daughters goes to three days a week. It is in the most beautiful location. Hidden amongst the Mountains, one of which is called Dragon Mountain. I love to visit there, but I don´t often get the chance as I don´t have a car.
But every now and again they have work days, where the parents and carers are invited to come and help with some of the projects that the children have been working on. All the kids that want to build, have had training on how to use hand tools and power tools safely.
This is a place, where they can really let their imaginations run wild. There are tree houses and amazing platforms , all built by the kids. This is their space after all. Every time I go there, I find a new structure
Or structures that are still being built. Where I then, get to try and guess what they will be. Like this one up above. It was was great to see it getting some good hay insulation, it is the beginning of winter after all. It warms my heart to think that they thought of that.
I helped to close off one side of the art space, which you can see above. This one has been built mainly by the adult, with an earthen floor within. The days are getting colder now, so it is important that they have warm spaces to be in.
The views always take my breathe away here. I love that two of my daughters get to/have enjoyed this space. Where they have so much freedom, to roam, explore, built, learn, teach. Being out in the elements, in tune with their environment.
This above, is their fire pit and also where they get to blow stuff up, during science experiments . In my eyes, this has to be one of the finest stimulating environments, for any child to create and learn in. The kids decide how they spend their day and also what workshops they want available to them.
They have made a set of rules for everyone and they meet weekly to discuss how everyone is doing and what could improve the space or perhaps, what is even hindering it. They are pretty well organised, all on their own terms.
Yesterday, I also treated the wood on the inside of the library, (the wonderful building in the first photo) as well as helping to dismantle some shelves. I spend the whole day from 10 till 6 and there was hardly any wind. Just the night before, it was super windy and I was worried, that it would continue into that day. But alas not, it was wonderfully calm and sunny and I really enjoyed my day, returning home content and exhausted.
Isn´t it amazing, what happens when we let our children create!