So my son J loves scissors. He loves paste. He loves pens and papers.
I love that he loves these things, because when his older brothers were his age, they weren’t as deft and adept with scissors. (Just an aside: isn’t it funny how those two words–deft and adept– mean nearly the same thing, and how the F can easily sound like a P with a slip of the tongue? 😆 I know, I know, I think of the weirdest things).
So my 5 year old son J can busy himself with drawing anything that his imagination can conjure. And then he cuts up these drawings. And then he pastes them on a new piece of paper. Or he takes the box packaging of whatever toy he has, cuts up the little pieces and little photos (you know, the ones that the smart toy manufacturers show at the back of the boxes so that the kids can go to their parents and say “Next time, Mom, can we get this? And this? And this too?”) . And then he sticks those cut-outs onto a piece of paper and then calls out “Anyone who wants a surprise, raise your hand and say Yea! Anyone who doesn’t want, say Nay!”
Naturally, without missing a beat (and often with just a brief glance up from our monitors) his pop and I will raise our hands and say Yea! What can we say? We’re trainable.
So yes, I know my son is good with scissors.
But nothing prepared me for this:
Here, have a closer look:
Okay, so they’re roughly cut and they’ve got these little charming crayola scribbles instead of a solid paint of color. But! But! But! He’s making his own toys! He’s making his own furniture for them! He’s making stuff!!! (And that means it’s possible, just possible, that if I give him some clay, he may make things, with the side benefit of us taking less trips to the toy store! Woohoo!)
Of course, the reason I am so amused and amazed that he’s into creating is because… ahem… his mom loves creating too. And there’s nothing store-bought that can ever come close to the value of a little hand-created homemade gift… scraggly cuts, scribbles and all. 😉
Mmmmmm! 🙂 🙂 🙂
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Know what? I can relate to this a LOT. It seemed like such an inconsequential thing to others when my son began to make “additions” to his Legos; Little flags,signs, even a string pully . . . But I knew (as the creative one 😉 that there was something there – it made my heart beat faster. Give him lots of room – and encouragement! I am excited for you!!
That’s pretty cool! My kids always enjoyed playing with the boxes more than the toys anyway. Keep encouraging him!!! Who knows where his imagination will lead him???