My daughter and I go to a weekend ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) class once a week and Nora LOVES – I mean LOVES anything that has to do with paint or glue there. She goes right past the sensory table and digs into crafts nearly every week. This means we’re sent home with a slew of masterpieces and I’m sure I’m not alone when it comes to struggling to toss them.
This week I decided to make another craft opportunity out of a previous one! When we left class I curled up her painting into a roll. Nora found it and in her mind it had become a treasure map. She rolled and unrolled it charting a course through the house for her latest make believe adventure.
I took her direction and pulled out the craft box. We went to work making her painting into a treasure map. We took turns drawing and adding to the story as we went. Roads, lakes, railroad tracks, a house, a garden and of course a hidden treasure with freshly drawn digging marks.
She even drew signs and ran to get the pom poms to glue on red, green and yellow “lights”. She also added blue. Watch this video to see what she thinks a blue light should mean. She cracks me up!
What will you turn your next craft opportunity into? Take your child’s lead and see what adventures await. Maybe you can create a map to get you there next time? Get out coffee grounds, sand, noodles, grass or anything tactile that you think might add to your own map.