He gave the people every possible chance to repent and walk in righteousness. He was patient. He was merciful and he was.
If one doesn't deer hunt, he would never know how much effort takes place before the actual hunt. For me, it starts months before the season even opens, and then there's a chance I might not hunt for weeks after that.
Young children are naturally inquisitive and want to know how things work. They want to know how things turn, make noises and fly. For this reason there is a whole range of play activities that allow them to create and experiment.