So Lilla A has another project… and when Lilla A calls for some crafty fun we always respond… though the thought of Se7en + 1 shoebox houses dotted around the house was a bit of a daunting to me. I shouldn’t have worried, it instantly became an apartment block and the best play fun in weeks. I tell you there is no playhouse in the world nearly as much fun as the one you have made yourself… and between them my kids had a veritable village of fun!!!
We actually began this project way before we got to shoeboxes… we started by chatting about our dream rooms and what would be needed to make the ultimate room and what a fun project that was!!!
Hood #1: Needed a whole house not a room!!! Place for the helicopter to land and the telescope… and I see a trumpet!!! And a hankering to live on the top floor.
Hood #2: My techno kid, wanted a room lined with computers and banks of plugs and underfloor wiring… and a pool in the center… because everyone needs to cool off when they are working.
Hood #3: Drew a room that looks very like the spot she has… though apparently her room needs flowers on the ceiling and a tray on the bed for doing projects… both totally do-able.
Hood #4: Had a vision for multiple pods in his room… with tunnels and stairs interlinking… the “pods.”
Hood #5: Drew a kitchen, of course, full of busy chefs and look closely at the blue line… that is the stairway to the fire escape!!!
Hood #6: Did not surprise us with a tiny little bed for herself surrounded by a splash of color!!!
Hoods #7 and #8 did not draw a dream room but I did… I have always wanted an attic room, with a deck chair and a lemon tree… And a view of the sea. Inside a nook for reading, a desk for working and a hammock for sleeping in…
A couple of days later, I had gathered all the boxes together, a stack of collage papers… pens, glue and well stuff… and I left my guys to it. Didn’t have to ask them twice!!! Industry followed…
And hours later, I was amazed at how well their drawings corresponded to their boxes, clearly they have a very distinct mental image of their ideal room!!! Even though no-one was quite finished they were ready to play. I have a feeling they will be adapted and changed and played with for ages… really the best crafty fun we have had in a long time.
Hood #1: Managed a wall of books, and I love the eyes on his lampshades!!!
Hood #3: Got her desk under bed!!!
Hood #4: Spent ages making his tunnels and rooms to hang out in.
Hood #5: And then the chef… spent ages pouring through food magazines, looking for things to put into his fridge.
Hood #6: A wild splash of color and there she is with her best friends over for a tea party.
Hood #7: Cut her way through a magazine, looking for wonderful things to pop into her room.
Hood #8: Finally got to use his stickers that he got for his birthday… and turned how box into a dog house, complete with water bowls and a blanket.
And finally – there’s my deck chair, my lemon tree, hammock and basically a good place to read spot.
And here is our apartment block… everybody with their own extra special place to play!!!
And play and play!!!
Thanks Lilla A for another fun project!!!