During our time on the biscuit stand, one of the women who purchased biscuits asked if she could have the large empty box we had as she was using them to build some temporary shelving. She went on to say that her youngest daughter loved making houses out of boxes as well – thankfully, we had three empty ones of the same size to bring home with us. Ivy set out to make an arts and craft class in her room with all sorts of supplies, and then invited her sisters to build houses with their boxes.
This happened over 3-4 days this week, with the first phase being cutting off excess cardboard, and making doors and windows. Ivy didn’t need any help, but Lauren asked me to do hers so that she could get to the next step around the same time as Ivy. Natalie did her own, in her own style, which I thought was pretty cool.
After the cutting, came the adding of colour, and then embellishments – rugs and tvs and computers and anything else they could make from paper, including battlements and porches. Natalie was still doing her own thing, which was making a bed for various soft toys.
I was really impressed by how this engaged them, and that they kept coming up with different ways to add to their houses. The fun was most certainly in the making, though since they finished making additions, they’ve used them as houses for a variety of toys. I love that they all worked together, finding different bits and pieces that the others needed, and sharing the art gear, and eventually giving assistance when one needed help. Each house is different to the other, reflecting their personalities.
What I love most of all though was that they chose to do this all on their own!! I did a little bit of helping here and there, but for the most part it was all them. I love seeing their independence blooming, and the fact that I get to watch them as they make decisions, and are able to be fully in control of their learning experiences.