PEAR TREE LOG
pear tree log: I started this blog to keep my younger son, Jonny, in touch with life in Lincolnshire, while he spent a year working in China. That year turned into five! Now he is home and training to become a physics teacher. This is simply a patchwork quilt of some of the things I enjoy - life in rural Lincolnshire, our animals, friends, architecture, books, the gardens, and things of passing interest.
Saturday, 19 November 2011
Some Things Never Change, Thank Goodness
I well remember the fun which my three children had, all those years ago, whenever we acquired a large cardboard box. They had endless hours of play, using it as a house, a boat, a den, etc.
When my son-in-law's new chair was delivered to our house, in a large box, it was wonderful to see that Grandson Harry's imagination immediately kicked into action.
Naturally he had to climb in it and when he realised that we were taking a couple of snaps he insisted that he wanted one taken of him inside the box (with the lid down) because to him that was where the fun was.
His imagination took over and as soon as the box was carried across the garden to his own house he got his Daddy to cut in some windows, a door, a spy hole...
He is still having a great time playing with it, even though he is surrounded by toys at home (and at our house). The thing which really fires his imagination is this box. Quelle surprise!
I just wish some of those parents who seem determined to spend a fortune on Christmas presents for very young children would realise this. You don't have to spend a great deal to stimulate their imagination. Obviously I am not saying that children should just have empty cardboard boxes either!
One of the other things which my children used to love was taking the cushions off the sofas and turning them into pirate boats, etc. Harry still has that delight to come - Grans have to keep some tricks up their sleeve for a rainy day!
Posted by Elaine at Saturday, November 19, 2011