We are not an “anti-technology” house. However, we don’t have the latest and greatest of the electronic world. Screen time is limited for our children. Video games are not vying for attention. I’m not saying that those things are wrong or bad. They just aren’t priorities in our home.
We do have books and books and more books. We have the ability to enjoy a beautiful afternoon. We have stories and adventures always ready and waiting. There is always a buddy ready for adventure. Fresh air. Cool breeze. Beautiful sunshine. Adventure is just outside the door!
There is plenty of time for them to be glued to the screen. Today…….but today…..they imagine.
There is a bit of confusion in our home. I throw things in the trash. You know things like: empty boxes, empty toilet paper rolls, and random pieces of string. That is I throw those things away if one of my Recyclers doesn’t come and grab it first.
Do you have Recyclers? I have more than one and getting the trash out of the house can be quiet challenging; almost a covert operation. Before I even move toward the trash can, it begins. “Can I have that box?” “Do you need that piece of paper?” “Can I have that bottle when you are done?’
I did a dangerous thing. I did. I have given my children imaginations and I continue to encourage it. My rule for the Recyclers is simple. You can have all the ‘trash” you want, but if I trip over it or see it on the floor, it will be trash. They stash it, hide it and hoard it up until the perfect opportunity to pull it all out and bury my dining room table under it all.
Hannah recently used part of a Velveeta box, empty toilet paper roll, other cardboard and more to create a cozy home for a plastic bear. Basic supplies of glue, scissors, tape, etc are always on hand and she used them was pure skill. I was quite impressed with her little bear den. Cutting up a twist tie to make clothespins was pure genius.
I love my Recyclers. Imaginations are a beautiful thing! Any Recyclers in your home? If so, I’d love to see some of their creations. If not, gather up some random pieces of ‘clean trash” and see what happens!
Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews introduces little ones to counting from one to ten. Simple, colorful illustrations using from one to ten black dots engages young children and exposes them to math that can be found everywhere.
Ten Black Dots is a book that is repeatedly check out from the library. I have read it to my little ones throughout the years and it is always enjoyed. Quite a few of Mr. Crews books are enjoyed in our home with Freight Train and Trucks being current favorites.
After reading Ten Black Dots to Sam, 3, and Sarah, 5, I was planning on having them do an art project. At the last minute, I decided to use it for Monday Art and have everyone create a picture using black dots – anywhere from one to ten.
Here are a few of their creations:
Hannah’s Minions (with a fluffy unicorn)
Lydia’s Scene (complete with bees and baby birds)
Caleb’s Battle Scene
Mary’s Book Shop
This was a great way to bring everyone together for some fun creativity. I’m thinking we may have to do a Donald Crews Author/Illustrator Week and have fun art projects for his other books.
Here are a few of them we enjoy:
Each Orange Had 8 Slices
A few Donald Crews books we haven’t read, but I’m requesting from the library: