What an eye opener I had the other day.I was invited for tea at the home of 2 little pre-schoolers.
Mummy had to go along with the idea as it was the 3 year old who had invited me. No kettle was boiled nor any lounge visited. It was straight to the bedroom for “tea” and “cake”
AND a thorough “show and tell” of every single item in the room.
BUT THEN THE TREASURES APPEARED!
Under the bed was every conceivable type of BOX CONSTRUCTION. A number of constructions lovingly collected over a period of time.
I suggested getting an orange bag and recycling it all.
- Every box construction had a purpose.
- Every box construction was something.
- Every box construction had a “creature” in it.
- Every box construction was part of a long long long game.
I was amazed and in awe of how much thought was in all those old box constructions.
NEVER AGAIN WILL I UNDER ESTIMATE THE POWER AND VALUE OF THIS FANTASTIC CREATIVE ACTIVITY THAT IS AN ABSOLUTE NECESSITY IN ANY AND EVERY CREATIVE ROOM.
I am one to always promote using available resources.Tap into the children’s creativity. But this experience awakened my thinking again. Realising how some children can “CREATE” and be completely in the active play and free play zone while other children are brainwashed and fed adult stuff that rarely leads to this incredible imagination from some silly old boxes that didn’t quite make it into the orange bag for recycling.
Next time you set up your box construction area remember that a young child will visit to make and create and begin an everlasting fantastic game…..
A FEW IDEAS OF WHAT TO COLLECT TO CREATE AN EXCITING BOX CONSTRUCTION AREA IN YOUR CREATIVE SPACE.
Grocery boxes. Egg boxes. Meat trays. Ribbons. Brown packets. Milk tops. Milk cartons. Shoe boxes. Stickers. Yoghurt tubs. Marge tubs. Beer boxes.
AND the list is endless…. don’t forget the scissors and glue
MOST IMPORTANT : Remember that you are creating an inviting and appealing “set up” that just screams ….COME AND ENJOY!!!!