Leaf animals
What animals do YOU see in this photo?

Clouds fill the sky, and raindrops fall. But there is sunshine in the autumn leaves—so brilliant against the gray background.

I find myself reminiscing this day, recalling a damp afternoon last fall when my kids and I ventured outside. We gathered leaves and other natural materials and fashioned animals out of them. We had no plan when we stepped out the door, but that’s the beauty of unstructured play: Imagination guides you. And leafy critters—be it a jellyfish or bird on the wing (my favorites in this image)—connect you with nature and one another.

Our backyard is truly my favorite place. Plants, laughter and a sense of wonder all grow there. I hope your neighborhood supports joy-filled green hours too.

Cheers to outdoor play!