It hadn’t rained in two weeks until last night and the smell of wet dirt was heavy in the air. My toddler and I set off to explore our back woods and check on the little forts we’d been slowly constructing over the summer.
Her fascination with moss caught my eye.
We grabbed her pink beach pail and began hunting for all kinds of moss on rocks, under trees, and strewn below the leaves. We examined textures, we talked about colors, and collected samples.
I let her fill a shallow punch bowl with fresh dirt and we arranged our new collection adding in a few favorite pinecones. Our moss garden was born, perfect for our kitchen table which doesn’t get direct sunlight. We mixed up a combination of milk and vinegar making buttermilk to feed the moss and encourage it to grow up onto our special pinecones.
Take some time to explore your backyard, garden, or park with your toddler. Take an interest in what they notice and encourage interaction with the outdoor spaces around you. It’s a special time of wonder you don’t want to miss.