Week two of The Play Project occurred during a busy time of year in the Crane household. Faculty meetings at work, grading for summer classes I taught, and our oldest having a birthday and starting high school. I'm a bit wiped out and my fall classes I teach haven't even started yet (they do tomorrow).
- made the doodle you see above
- more reading a novel and painting for the Visual Quest ecourse as I described in last week's post
- played with my boy and his kitchen appliances he made out of boxes. I dug out our old play food and dishes that my daughter played with a lot when she was younger. He's in a phase where he's into looking up appliances on the internet and learning about them.
- met some old friends for dinner as they were passing through on their way home from vacationing in Florida. We hadn't seen this couple and their kids since 2001. My hubby and I went to school with the wife. She is also a professor. Afterwards we went to their hotel and chatted while Miles swam in the pool and Meredith hung out with their 3 girls and watched a movie in their room.
I missed two consecutive days of playing. Just found myself too dang tired and needing to rest. Having to play felt like another something to do on the list and I was definitely not in a playful mood.
What I learned
- When I'm experiencing stress it's hard to have variety in my play. I just want the relaxing play of reading a novel.
- As last week, I really enjoy spontaneous play with my son. I am both pleased and amused by his creativity.
- While it feels like play, when I am painting or drawing something and wish it to look realistic I get frustrated by my ability, or lack thereof. I already knew this about myself but I have to be careful about not allowing my frustration to take a hold of me or the activity will not longer be fun and then won't be experienced as play.