Teya left at least 90% of her toys in Utah. I left 100% of my toys in Utah (a beautiful collection of paints, canvas, brushes, sewing machine, and all other things creation worthy). I look around and see a roll of duct tape. We have mountains of boxes from packages being shipped out here. I have all kinds of time on my hands. Teya gets all kinds of bored if I'm not directly entertaining her every second.
What do I do????
Well, we'll start with the Halloween critters we made today! I've been saving up our empty toilet paper rolls knowing they just had to come in handy sometime. I also splurged and bought a 10 pack of Crayola Markers at Foodland yesterday.
Bend the tops of the TP rolls and you get instant ears or horns! It was a lot of fun to see Teya getting creative and excited about Halloween. These are just the first set of ghetto decorations we plan on making. I've got a few more festive ideas up my sleeve, keep an eye out!
Or how about we make a castle for Teya's animals?! It wasn't meant to be pretty, at this time I didn't even own my 10 wonderful crayola markers... I had a pocket knife for the cutting and a few feet left of the tape. But even the cheapest & ugliest of structures has done its job and given T-dizz lots more happy playtime.
One day she was sad that I made her leave behind all her dress-ups, crowns, and princess stuff. So in an attempt to give her some dress up fun I made a quick princess crown: I turned to my trusty cardboard and covered it in tinfoil and jewels. Again it was shanty, but it held together well and served its purposed... until today when Teya decided to start peeling off all the tinfoil and jewels!!
The ever present childhood spaceship! We colored and designed a travelling craft that makes effortless transitions from rocket, to boat, to bus, to a home for her pandas. She's flapping the wings in this picture
And back to where we started this cardboard adventure, let's rejoin the Halloween Critters. We strung 'em and hung 'em.
Is there anything to be learned from this quaint little trip? When all else fails, and putting aesthetics aside, a box, a knife, and a roll of duct tape can give a lot to imaginary play!!