Imagination and creativity starts early. What you see as trash can become your little one’s treasure.
We use these small bags of chips to toss in Eddie’s lunch when he has to be away for work. The box was empty and well, who can ignore a box? Or a Not-a-box?
Be careful….those little ones are always watching. Or playing a really funny game of peek-a-boo.
I guess this means that I let my children play with trash? Giggle. Boxes such as these sit by the trash can until Caleb does his “trash check” throughout the day. It never fails that someone finds the boxes too hard to resist.
Look at that concentration…that focus…the wheels of that mind learning and engaging. It is a beautiful moment. So, yes,I let my children play with the trash. It is their treasure.
Sam just built the coolest house ever, right? How could I not capture it! Great job, Sam!
I should have been prepared for a slow moving Thursday. Wednesday evening ended up with Martha with a fever, Lydia in bed with a headache and tummy issues and the rest came home a bit late from church. However, I decided to hope for the best.
Naturally we all slept in a bit; except the little people. Thankfully Lydia was well rested and feeling much better so she kept them entertained while I got ready for the day. What better way to keep the natives happy than with tents and books?
As the day progressed it was very clear that Miss Martha was not feeling her best. Runny nose, teeth trying to break through and exhausted. She decided for the second day in a row to skip her nap. I tried every trick in the book and Martha held firm. She did rest quietly on a blanket but that is not the same as a refreshing nap.
Plans for finishing up schoolwork in the afternoon didn’t work out as I was busy with Martha. Instead Lydia, Hannah and Sarah worked on furniture for their peg dolls. Paint, makers, paper, cardboard and a bit of creativity. Not on the schedule for today but time well spent.
As we were wrapping up the day, Mary snapped Martha having a bit of down time. Who wouldn’t want to end the day with a soft, cuddly blanket and some Bible reading?
Hopefully tomorrow will be a “normal” day. If not, well, we will just flex and move on.
Have you had a flex day lately? I’d love to hear about it!
A couple of weeks ago we had an excellent mail day. A dear friend did a bit of decluttering and that resulted in a box arriving on our back porch. Martha was not impressed with yarn and fabric, but she was more than happy to call the empty box home.
Row after row of all the electronic, battery operated toys can not possibly out perform the simplest of toys – a box.
Not so long ago I shared about a book that my little ones enjoy greatly – Not a Box. It is amazing how similar the pictures are now and then. You just can’t beat a box!
Sadly, this great instrument of imagination only lasted about 3 days. We eagerly await our next opportunity for great adventures…house, boat, rocket-ship, castle tower.