The girls must have been thinking about the flying apparatus David set up for them last week, because today I found them using the ropes and D-bolt to construct a similar set-up out at the rotary washing line.

Brioni, 3yo, July 2010
Brioni found it a little hard to climb onto Improvised Swing Mach 1.

Aisha, 5yo, + Brioni, 3yo, July 2010
They stacked the stools onto a plastic storage box to gain some extra height for working.

I just let the girls figure out their own way of reaching the bars and tying the knots. Quite a few ropes slipped off before they had something that worked.

Aisha, 5yo, July 2010
A complicated series of knots in the ropes, a belt and odd bits of string joined together to make a working swing (of sorts) — it was enough for the girls to declare it a success!

I think the girls entertained visions of whizzing around in a circle as the rotary clothesline turned. Alas, the results weren’t as spectacular.

When David came to inspect their handiwork, he asked about the safety pin that was dangling. “It makes it safe,” he was told.

(And I thought I had problems with the height of the clothesline — now I have to watch out for strings, ropes and other things dangling from it!)