Weekdays can be kind of hectic around the Tindle house so this Sunday we spent the entire day doing nothing.
Well, not quite nothing.
We played with fire, actually we let the kids play with fire.
Tinkering School concepts. Gever believes that children can use grown up materials and tools to do grown up things in a grown up way, if we trust them to do so. To that end Gever Tulley has written a book titled 50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do. We've ordered the book but it won't come til May. We just couldn't wait.
When James found the matches and we realized we had some wood left in the pit we decided to go for it. We asked James to strike a match. He did. It blew out. Then he did it again. It didn't light. Then he tried one more time. The match broke in two. At this point frustration began to show. Erik and I talked James through it and encouraged him to try some more. Several tries later, he produced a flame which he quickly touched to some leaves. FIRE!
The kids were thrilled, until they saw their fire dwindle to smoke. They asked to light another match. Then they begged to light another match. Erik and I held firm, where there is smoke there is fire. The kids were incredulous but they got to work. James began blowing...