Last Friday the boys had a day off school but I did not have a day off of work (I work at home). Since they are back in school I'm completely out of our Summer routine. It wasn't far into the day that I started hearing the dreaded "I'm booored". It was a gorgeous day so I suggested they play out back. It was obvious that they were wanting a little more direction than that. Then I remembered that the recycle didn't get picked up this week so I sent them out to the recycle bin and told them to get out all the boxes they wanted and to make something.
I didn't help or give any direction or supplies. I was going to let them use whatever they wanted (as long as they weren't going to kill themselves (I did see the 7yo try to get the box cutter).
They drew on boxes for a while.
Stacked them up and knocked them over for a while.
And later I came out and saw Mr. Robot standing there all by himself. Of course once the boys knew I was out there they had to tell me all about his storage arm and movement sensor (which isn't shown since the dogs thought that it would be fun to play with)
They played quietly and without electronics for quite a while (an hour and a half or so). The whining commenced when it was time to clean up but it was fun while it lasted!
It reminded me of this gift I'm considering putting under the tree - Makedo kits
They are kits that help you keep things (like boxes) together while you're making your creations. Their blog has lots of inspiration. Have you ever played with Makedo? Did you like them?