This week with my MOJO Missing I thought it best to get the kids organized and I got quite a surprise!!
Here I was running a house with all their creative bits and bobs tucked away in cupboards thinking that it was the PROPER thing to do, preventing it getting dragged from one end of the house to the other.....WRONG!!!! Heres what I have learnt this week about the psychology of a 4 and 9 year old........
If they can SEE what they have to play with, then all WONT get dragged out!!!
If they can SEE their stash, they will only choose one or two projects at a time!!!
If they can SEE what they require, they can grab it without any assistance encouraging independence!!
If they can SEE their options, they have the FREEDOM to CHOOSE what they want, rather than being encouraged by their mother to play with something that I THINK would be fun!! (I think we are all a bit guilty of that one!)
If they can SEE where it is kept and can access it freely they take FULL RESPONSIBILITY TO PUT IT AWAY!!!
It all makes sense really...I don't know why I have been playing this cupboard game with them for so long (which wasn't working...they had stuff EVERYWHERE!), when I myself love to have all my gear at arms reach!!! Sometimes parenting is full of loads of DAH moments!!
Oh....I almost forgot!!
I found this SENSATIONAL laminated craft board from Bunnings (hardware store) for $4.00 and it is BRILLIANT for play dough and paints. I did tape the sides with book binding tape to ward off wear and tear while it is getting dragged around the house! PERFECT!!
For more creative spaces fun, grab a cup-pa and pop over to Kootoyoo.
Vietnam Orphans Treasure Chest
CUT OFF DATE Saturday 20th March.