It seems like he has exhausted his options for play. The poor guy groans when I try to engage him in a play session of Dinosaur Train. He sees me with the play doh and he hides under the table.
In times like these there is only one option for Mom to turn to.
If you have young kids, you need to be greedy, to hoard and stockpile great pieces of cardboard. The possibilities are endless with cardboard at your disposal.
My husband often gets annoyed with me over my fondness for cardboard. It is recycling to him while it is an invitation to play for my 3 year old.
Today things were not going well. Roo was frustrated, he was obviously bored. He wanted to play on the elliptical, he wanted to jump off of furniture, he wanted to pester Harper. I looked at the clock, only 5 hours to go until my husband is home...
All of the sudden I remembered a great piece of cardboard I had put away for a day like this.
I gathered a bucket of crayons, the cardboard and the baby. I asked Roo to help me clean up his toy mess in the living room. As soon as he saw the cardboard and crayons he was eager to help.
I am not the worlds greatest artist. (You have been warned not to laugh.) But I started drawing what might pass for streets.
I added houses, trees and a Walmart (Roo is obsessed with WalMart).
As you can see he couldn't wait to grab a matchbox car and start playing!
He helped color. We are calling that grass in yards.
3 hours later, my son is still on the floor, still driving around on the neighborhood he made with his Mommy. He loves that I added "red lights".
We have a plan to flip the cardboard over and make another neighborhood next week to inspire his imagination.
How do you use cardboard to inspire creativity and imaginative play?