She realizes it gets stuck in her hair and decides to give it all to her sister. She shows her sister her final creation and then sits on the bench near the line watching the play area. Just before 3:30 a Build-A-Bear worker comes over to the line and the mother calls all the kids back over. The brother questioned why and apparently the mom told them because they were about to go because all the kids got very excited. Though I was sitting a ways away and couldn’t hear anything the kids and mother had said up to this point, I heard the little girl exclaim “finally” as the line started moving. The little girl half skipped as they rounded the corner to go to Build-A-Bear.3:30pm-3:45pmA boy in a red shirt, about 7 years old, was crawling around on the hill and then sat straddling the tube that ran through the hill. He leaned down and looked through the tube upside down. He watched the kids crawling through, clearly enjoying his perch. He sat watching people and looking around the play area grinning. I think he was proud of himself for finding the spot and was possibly looking for someone else to congratulate him on finding the spot. Two girls also climbed on the hill and began to impinge on his area. Staying true to the theory of peer relations at this age, he was not interested in being friends with the girls and jumped down
from his spot. He was disappointed but moved on. He ran to the top of the hill where there was a gap and made strongman arms and pounded his chest as he ran down. It was a motion he must’ve seen before and associated with power such as being on top of the hill. The boy was onthe older side of the spectrum of kids in the play area. He was bigger and was able to take the space he wanted. 3:45pm-4:00pmThe red shirt boy and a younger boy, who was significantly smaller, we’re playing a rendition of ‘King-of-the-hill’. As one started running/crawling up, the other grabbed an ankle to pull them back down. At the top of the hill was the older girl that had formed a group of kids previously. She chatted with another girl sitting at the top of the hill and watched the boys play. This girl, I think, was in early adolescence. Disregarding her age, it seemed that popularity was important to her, rather than friendships. The red shirt boy had just run down the hill and a camera screen just outside the play area had caught his eye. He was looking at the screen intently to figure out how it worked. He raised one hand at a time to watch the screen change. He figured out how to snap a picture and after determining this was the only function, he lost interest and went to play again. He again ran up and down the hill. I noticed that he tugs his shirt down often. It
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