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 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 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.