|The island, from my driveway|
Somehow, as the afternoon progressed and more children became involved, the tea party morphed into the island becoming a Scout survival station.
Complete with tripod covered blanketed area (I'm sure that's not the appropriate technical term for it):
Water catching station (palm catches water and drains it into water bottle):
The Swiss Family Robinson type creations only lasted overnight ("aesthetics committee" and all) but what a treat to see the kids work so hard at these projects and come up with such great ideas. There was absolutely no adult direction or input into any of this, the kids (probably 7-8 of them) worked together and did all this on their own.
The kids have been given another area to work their Scout survival magic ... I can't wait to see what they come up with next.