// photo taken by Evelyn Tan-Rogers //
Today was Children's Day in Singapore and also the day of the Cardboard Challenge
organised by The Playful Parents.
Two weeks ago, I had shown J the video where Caine had made an arcade from cardboard.
I told him we could make something from cardboard too.
Anything he wanted.
Now he was pretty excited at the thought of making something. He loves making things and coming up with new ideas and so he happily cut and scotch-taped his first creation.
It was a dog and a raft and a ramp.
When I asked him if he would be bringing that to the gathering, he hesitated. On prodding a little further, I realised that he was concerned about what others might think about his creation.
To be honest, I was thinking that too.
I was worried about it not being a game.
I was wondering whether it was really creative enough...
At one point, I pictured all the kids that were going to turn up and needing fun stuff to play with and I ended up making a tank. (I decided not to bring the tank since I had initiated and created it)
But I really wanted him to feel comfortable with creating something on his own and showing it to others. I wanted him to understand that it didn't really matter whether others really liked it. The key thing was that he enjoyed making it and we would be sharing that creation with others.
So yesterday, we found some extra cardboard and I asked my son again to think about what he would like to make to bring with us on Friday. Finally, he decided to create a boat.
We talked about how he was going to put it together. He decided he wanted windows at the side and ended up making a large window so it would be easy to put the soldiers in and out. Then he added a plank as well.
I also asked my younger son what he wanted to make. He told me that he wanted to make a hammer head shark. So I found two tissue boxes and we stuck them together. My older son then fashioned a tail for the shark from some extra cardboard.
Finally, they had a swell time painting their creations.
I also asked them to paint a number of egg cartons and I fashioned a simple game incorporating their creations with rules that I had made up.
// photo taken by Hai Fang //
At first, they weren't that interested in playing but when the kids started to queue up to play, my kids played too.
In case you are interested, here are the rules that I made up:
- Each kid was given 3 balls
- They had to choose a colour that they wanted to hit with any of the balls
- If they hit the colour, they would win a prize
- If they managed to throw the ball into the mouth of the hammer head shark or through the window of the boat, they won 2 prizes
You won't believe the number of kids that managed to do it. It turned out to be quite easy for kids! Well, I certainly had fun meeting all the kids this morning that lined up to play.
And when I asked my kids if they had fun?
Their simple answer :
Can we do it again next year?
Well, I would most certainly be keen, would you?