The kid and I have been looking for activities during our days when I want to get a little work done and she wants some play time. Last night I was unpacking some things from our recent move and I ended up with five cardboard boxes of varying sizes.
So this morning, when she was asking for something to do, I brought them upstairs. I got the idea from Stella and Sam, when Sam’s friend Owen brings over boxes in boxes in boxes and he and Sam imagine all sorts of things with them.
Today, for a while this morning and again this evening, these boxes have been great toys. These boxes have been houses, hiding places, spaceships and several times towers that she can then knock over.
Get out the crayons and we can draw on them and make them an arts and crafts project.
I thought she might get some fun out of them, I didn’t expect hours of entertainment. Now I’m going to have a hard time recycling them.
Amy is mom to two year old Maggie and a 6 year old schnauzer named Henry. You can read her blog at amyboughner.ca where she writes about motherhood and anything else that’s on her mind. She also shares a blog with her husband at boughner.ca where they talk together about parenting a daughter.
While shopping at Chapters for a birthday present for a five year old about six months I came upon Melissa and Doug art supplies. I had no idea they existed and they immediately captivated me!
I think colouring books are great (see more later) but the product I saw and loved the most were the colouring books that simply set the scene for kids to be creative. Kiernan sometimes follows the images they’ve shown on the cover, but sometimes will go completely into his imagination to come up with something fun to do with what they’ve provided him with.
Stickers practically make the world go round here, so I loved the huge sticker packs Melissa and Doug sells.
They also have fun colouring books with big pictures to colour and they have many themes to choose from.
These have been a huge hit with both my five year old son and my two year old daughter. I’ve found them at Chapters and Toys R Us although I’m sure they are available in many more locations.
What are your favourite art supplies?
Lara is mom to five year old Kiernan and two and a half year old boy/girl twins Quinn and Juliette. Between the kids and her social media consulting business, she spends most of her time running frazzled.