Top 10 Instagrams of 2013: Play


Top 10 Instagrams of 2013: #9 Play

By Rowena Mynott

As 2013 starts to wind down its a good time to reflect on the year that has just passed and the year that is to come. I have obviously been in a reflective mood recently as last month I decided to start a monthly ‘Taking Stock‘ routine: pausing life for a few moments to realise what you are happy and thankful for right in that very moment. Right now as I sit here and look through my images from 2013, I embrace the good and the sad, the ups and the downs and the growth that has taken place. This year has focused on family: Visits and holidays with family from overseas early in the year, my grans passing mid year and these days realising my son is no longer a toddler but is growing into the most incredible child I could ask for.

72&Rising is also growing and developing. I left the magazine format behind and embraced the world of blogging. Thank you to all those that embraced that change with me. It was a difficult decision to make as I loved the old product, but for me right now this is where we need to be. Who knows what the future holds but in 2014 you can certainly expect some exciting things happening here as this process of writing, taking pictures and posting on a regular basis becomes more fluid. I’m re-defining 72 and I look forward to hearing from you about what you would like me to focus on a little more.  There will be plenty of the old: travel and photography but also some new … Let me know.

So as a way to reflect on 2013 I decided to give you a little glimpse into my life and share some of our Top 10 family highlights as seen from my Instagram.  If you would like to follow along, I will be posting one each morning for the next 10 days. Today is Playing.

Just as exploration is important for kids, so is play. Modern play has stifled children’s creativity a little with pre prescribed toys for both gender and instructional play. As much as possible we get outside to play where Mr 3 can use his imagination and create stories and games using items that can be moulded to whatever he wants them to be: A stick can be a fishing rod, a tree, make a teepee/shelter, be used for digging or drawing or can be whittled into shapes of animals or people. There is no end to the joy of playing in nature. But we are a bit 21st century too. He has a fine collection of diggers and cars, planes, games, wooden building blocks, teddy bears, tea sets and of course books. We just ensure that we keep it all in moderation.

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Learning some traditional games at a friends wedding
Play doesn’t have to involve expensive plastic toys. Mr 3 spent hours collecting the hedge trimmings and using his imagination to turn them into something special
Of course the plastic dump trucks and diggers will always hold a special place in his heart!
He just loves being outside in nature
No better way to end the day: Rolling around in the grass as the sun sets

What do you and your families do for play? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.


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