Creative challenge: The little box carpenter

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As I have mentioned before, I am really not all that creative so coming up with a box idea left me at a loss.

It is my sincerest privilege to share this post along with 20+ fabulous bloggers who have collaborated together to present this creative challenge: creative ideas to do with a cardboard box.  This terrific blog linky was put together by the tireless efforts and leadership of Tinkerlab in honor of her 1 year anniversary.  Congratulations to Tinkerlab

I brought these four big boxes home from preschool thinking I might be able to create something with them but they sat in my studio for two days while I still struggled with an idea.  So I finally sat down and started breaking them down and cutting off all the flaps until I ended up with them all in pieces.

After I cut the boxes apart, I asked my little friend Tristan, who was over playing in the sensory table, if he would like to play with the pieces and play he did!

He started off thinking small and then realized that he could use all the pieces and ended up building and designing just like a little carpenter.

Tristan was particularly concerned with making every thing “square” as he would put it.

I am not sure what he meant exactly but I think he wanted straight edges to match up with straight edge.

Once he had all his walls in place, Tristan began laying the flooring down.

Then he decided he wanted his walls taller. It took a bit of problem solving for Tristan to figure out how to get the walls taller.

He eventually discovered that if he stood some of the pieces in between the boxes where they overlapped, the walls would stay standing.

Soon Tristan had his building designed to his personal satisfaction.

After all that work it was time to take a little rest and reflect on a job well done.

 

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

Let me tell ya...

With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

Whenever your calling feels hard, just remember, 'He who began a good work in you (and in the children you serve) will be faithful to complete it.'

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