This morning, the girls decided they wanted to ride around the driveway. But in order to direct the traffic where they wanted it to go, the girls needed to first make traffic cones.

Bethany and Aisha, June 2011
The girls traced out half-circles with a dinner plate then cut them out to make the cones.

I’m sure 8yo Bethany is skilled in creating three-dimensional shapes from paper, and her guidance directed our girls in cutting a piece of paper and wrapping it into a cone shape. These sort of activities stretch our children’s imaginations — now a piece of paper holds three-dimensional possibilities and not just the flat promise of a not-yet-drawn picture!

Aisha and the road cones, June 2011
Aisha carefully sets up the cones to mark the path she wants the scooters and bikes to take.

Paper road cones, June 2011
The girls lined the cones up on the driveway to control the traffic.

The girls enjoyed riding around the driveway — holding up Stop and Go signs and assigning themselves the jobs of road workers or drivers. The paper traffic cones added another dimension to the game — and because they were hand-made, they are treasured beyond their size and longevity.

Later, we walked around the Dargaville neighbourhood to visit some nearby playgrounds. I took a detour with the girls to photograph a traffic cone that has been intriguing me for a couple weeks. From the front window of the house where we’ve been staying, I can see a traffic cone on the very top of a tall Norfolk Island pine.

Cone on a tree, June 2011
At the back of a residential house, a tall pine tree is topped with a traffic cone.

Cone on a tree, June 2011
What sort of story can you devise to explain how the cone reached the top of the tree?

What do you think? How did the traffic cone get up to the very top?