Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Not a Box

We love books by Antoinette Portis in the house, and read every single one of them so far. When I read about Tissue Box Challenge on JDaniel4’s Mom, I thought it would be fun to participate even after the fact (last week just wasn’t working out for us). So I brought home Not a Box to get creative juices flowing. Eventually I put a tissue box in front of Anna and asked her what she could do with the box. She generated three ideas right away – a “jewelry” holder, a flower pot to grow something in, and a snail house for snails that she likes to catch outside.


We had a lot of difficulties lately with daughter not knowing what to do with herself, especially when parents are not available to play with her. Even if we are available, she seems to only want to play tickling games or “hide-and-seek” or chase around the house game. I am at a loss to explain why it happens, but I can only play tickling so much every day after work without losing my sanity. So we created “an activity box” and brainstormed all different Apr26_ActivityBox2 things she can do when she has one of those “what shall we do?” moments. For once I got to use one of those small notepads I had from attending trade fairs. We have probably about 40+ different ideas – from “do a science experiment” to “play a racing game”. Anna was excited to participate in this activity and suddenly she saw that we do have a lot more options than tickling games. It didn’t diminish her appetite for Apr22_EasterBaskets them, but I am hopeful that we can have more fun times together and less fights when I try to get her to do something on her own. Perhaps we can also “prettify” our question box next and do more projects with recyclables. Anna was quite proud to take these mini-baskets to her teachers – idea of them came from fantastic Valerie at Frugal Family Fun.

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Ticia said...

I love her little baskets too.

My kids struggle with the "what shall we do" sometimes too.

Joyful Learner said...

We have yet to have that problem but I'll keep the activity box idea for when that happens!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I'm telling you - pull out the toilet paper rolls. I played alone with our game for longer than I'd like to admit, after the children went to bed last night. :)

learning ALL the time!!/Susan said...

The activity box sounds like a great idea! And, the little baskets are very cute :)

Brimful Curiosities said...

Good idea for those "bored, rainy day" moments. When my kids get whiny about not knowing what to do, I just tell them to clean their room. They usually find something else to do pretty fast.

We've been playing a lot of card games together lately to pass the time. I'm looking forward to some warmer weather. Then they can play outside.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Not a Box is a favorite book of New Kid's. He always laughs at the robot.

MaryAnne said...

Anna's little baskets turned out great!

The activity box is a great idea! We need something like this at our house!

Christy said...

We love this book too.

I really like the activity box. My kids have those "what can I do?" moments too. Although, I understand your situation because T was an only child for seven years and he definitely wanted us to be playmates more often than C and R do since they have each other. R always has trouble when she comes home from preschool and C is still in school though.

C and R made those baskets too. Super cute craft.

Debbie said...

We go through the "I don't know what to do," attitude here as well. Nothing seems to satisfy Selena unless we are tickling, rough housing, or teaching. It's a phase, but I love Leah's idea to pull out the toilet paper rolls. I know Selena will often grab ours, or the egg cartons.

RedTedArt said...

Oooh we have "this is not a stick". A lovely book indeed (am guessing the box one is just as good).

And I LOVE the idea of an activity box! That is brilliant! Great activity to do together and then hopefully hours of fun!

Thank you for linking up to Kids Get Crafty!


JDaniel4's Mom said...

I have read the Rescue Bunnies multiple times everyday. JDaniel loves it.

I love the box your put together. JDaniel needs me with him alot too. He did play for about 30 minutes on his own this moring. It took about 30 minutes to clean up his creative play.

MommyLabs said...

Hi Natalie,
Thanks for visiting my blog.
I loved these tiny baskets and the idea of a "question box" is really helpful. My daughter, too, asks questions at any time of the day (and night!) that can be parked to take up later if we had a question box.
I will use this idea... :)

ಪುಟ್ಟಿಯ ಅಮ್ಮ/Putti Amma said...

Love the activity box! We need one too. And my daughter has stopped her naps now and has become more 'mommy' demanding!

Jackie H. said...

Love that you incorporated that book :) I love that book!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I like this series of books too.

Anna's baskets are adorable, Natalie!

My Jack is always in constant need of a playmate. Even with siblings and me and Jamie he still has times where he is just so whiny and begging for attention. I do believe he suffers from 'middle child syndrome'!