// 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.