Yesterday morning we found that our puddles had frozen over once again, and the children enjoyed the lines created by the ice. Interestingly we found that when cracked the ice more often than not formed circles. These circles shattered in intricate, quite pretty lines, (sort of like mandalas created by nature). The children also found a ladybug under the ice, as well as leaves, twigs and rocks - one child with wonder in his voice wondered if one longish twig was a snake. I love the ability of small children to wonder.
Some of us also found that the water lying under the ice could be fairly deep, and icy cold. :) And then how good to go inside and remove those wet socks, and pull on comfy, warm and dry socks.
This was the sum of our outdoor play - simple, but you never know what children will take fom something that may seem quite ordinary to adults.