Well, we had no refrigerator box and really no room big enough to build such a monstrosity (or enough patience on my part). What we did have was a small box, some construction paper and a black marker. And although I know my craft project pales in comparison to my incredibly talented sis-n-law , my son's opinion of me grew leaps and bounds this evening as he marveled at his developing castle.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
It all started with this...
This was one of the books from our most recent trip to the library. The book is about how Henry's boring day is turned into a medieval adventure when his Mom suggests they build a castle out of a refrigerator box. The book is filled with pictures of dad cutting, mom drawing and Henry stapling. And although I haven't yet read the book to Elias, he has memorized the pictures and has been talking about them all day explaining to me how we could make a castle and who would have what job (according to who did what in the book). And sorry for Emma, "there's no sister in the book so she can't help build the castle", according to her most loving brother.
Emma and Elias had quite the discussion as they were deciding what toys to use with their new castle. After learning that cars and castles don't usually go together, Elias surrendered to Emma's suggestion of using her toys too. So as you can see there are Rescue Heroes and Power Rangers mounted on My Little Ponies storming the castle. And the best part is that it took so long to construct that the kids had about 2 minutes to play with it before bedtime. This means that tomorrow I should get at least 30 minutes of play with no no arguing and maybe another half hour with some mild disagreements, but hopefully 60 minutes of "new toy - mom has a few minutes to breath" time. We'll see how it goes. At the end of the book Henry is wearing a crown, so I may have yet another craft project waiting for me. Thankfully I have a very easy to please son.