Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Krazy Kids

My youngest son has play group on Tuesday afternoons with 4 other boys. They are all great kids, similar ages, and they exude boy. Let me just give you a snapshot of today's group.

When you walk in the door, you see mats laid out in a maze with tunnels and slides connecting them. There are balls of all sizes scattered throughout the room, claws and arrows directing the boys to the next obstacle, and frog traps under balance beams. Coach B is careful to arrange this maze to constantly challenge the boys and keep them engaged. Today was a challenge though.

Ear shattering screams rose out of the corner. If you didn't know better, you'd swear that little girls were gathered in a tight conversation. Then the boys run from the huddle, faces beet red, mouths open large enough to swallow small bugs, and arms pumping up and down. They are battling for the lead position as they run laps around the obstacle course. My son stops to show off some homemade karate moves with action noises for good measure. Boys are entering different ends of the tunnels like a game of chicken. Balls are raining from the sky and the obstacle course is getting a life of its own.

I sit back in my chair as I take in the scene. Could this rowdy behavior have anything to do with the warm sunny day? Is it an age thing as they get older? Is there a full moon tonight? I'm not sure, but I am glad that J has a chance to burn off some energy...now if I could just get him to come down from his high long enough to take his nap. Wishful thinking!


  1. Sounds like a really great place to go. You described the usual young bundle of energy for sure. Surely he might be tired & "ready" for the nap?

  2. Sounds like a great time for all! Burning energy for the little one and a fun slice for you. Wonderful words to describe!

  3. Elizabeth,

    You have added some great description here, and my mind is filled with the images of little bodies squirming through mat-made-mazes. I love your line about their mouths open wide enough to swallow bugs. It implies more than an image, but also a carefree quality to the kids.

    Yes, my students are crazy with energy since the sun started coming out. I can't wait for Spring Break (next week for us).

  4. I love your description too - I can just imagine that wonderful obstacle course. My preschoolers love it when I set up such mazes for them.

  5. I love the mass of activity with the mom quietly sitting back - a wonderful moment.