I recently read a New York Times article on Melissa and Doug and their story of the company that makes toys that promote an imaginative spark. As I read the article, I wondered if we are too materialistic in our house. Do we rely on the easy toy to entertain?
And then yesterday, Maddie said, "I want to make a car." I back-seated this conversation* and tried to see if she could own her craft project.
(*back-seating a conversation: you know, when you hold your breath and see what they'll say next and try not to steer. Comments like "wow" and "and then what" are key to the back-seater. Man, I should TM this team.)
I was shocked to see that she could establish her own plan to build a car. And here it is.
First, you need a big box.
Then you stick on paper using tape.
Next you color the inside. (We used bingo dabbers which worked out amazingly!)
Paint two sides blue for the windows.
You might need to get under the hood.
Cut out four big, black circles and four little, white circles. Glue the white circles on the black circles and you have some tires. Stick two on each side with tape.
Cut out a cardboard circle and color it.
This will be your steering wheel. You can stick it on with yarn. (I interpreted this as make two holes in the wheel and the box and thread it on as you would a button.
Cut out a hole for your feet. (I suggested yarn suspenders to help her carry it around.)
And that's a car. (Wow, my house is a mess. But look at that cute kid!)
Look out! Here she comes!