Building a Driftwood Fort on the Banks of the Caney Fork River – Rock Island, Tennessee – 03/29/2016

After a busy day Exploring Rock Island State Park in Rock Island, Tennessee, we spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach, building a driftwood fort along the banks of the Caney Fork River!

The kids gathered wood, constructed a fort, and then pretended to be a wild family; hunting their food, planting their gardens, cooking their meals, and tending to their daily homesteading duties.

Some of my most precious moments as a mother are watching my kids engaged so deeply in creative, imaginative, cooperative play that lasts for hours!

I love witnessing their imaginative wheels turning; listening to their creative stories, and filling my heart with the warmth of their joy together as siblings.

And there is no better way to equip them with the ability to do all of the above, now and always, than just by letting kids be kids.

The innocence of childhood.

Plain and simple.

We’ve been working our way through the beautiful units of the Tennessee State Park System.

Today’s adventures took us climbing, hiking, scrambling, waterfalling, and playing on the beach at Rock Island State Park in Rock Island, Tennessee!

What a wonderful collection of adventures, and the kids had such a great time enjoying their hands-on fun in The Great Outdoors!

I think we could all use a little more unstructured time outside, playing, exploring, digging, building, pretending…

Just living naturally…

Enjoying life.

Enjoying each other.

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