Sitting in My Box: Back to Basics Play for Babies, Toddlers, & Children of All Ages Encouraging Imagination & Creative Thinking
I almost did not write this post this until one evening while enjoying a snack of black beans my daughter ventured into the living room to gather up some bins I had left out from our new IKEA sensory table. She then proceeded to use the bin as her seat in the kitchen to enjoy her snack. Apparently she thinks our kitchen is a BYOSE #BringYourOwnSeatEstablishment.
She was delighted. Delighted in herself. Delighted in the box. Delighted with her snack. Just delighted.
Her joy in the simplicity of sitting in a box gave me pause. Sometimes when we as moms are so focused on providing our children beautiful, aesthetically engaging, intellectually stimulating, creative invitations to play we forget about the simple stuff. I had to ask myself when was the last time I left out a box for LMF to use as a playground? I was embarrassed by the answer.
I took the photos for this post when LMF was 11 months old. A very large Amazon box arrived to our home & Little Miss F was fascinated by the sound of the brown packing paper. It was a great moment captured in blurry and mostly out of focus photos (mom error!). I wanted to use the images to chat about the importance of open ended play. Then, time passed, schedules got busy, then busier. And I just didn't get around to writing.
If you are looking for some good curricular connections I highly recommend the text Sitting in My Box written by Dee Lillegard and illustrated by Jon Agee. It is an old favorite. I also suggest Antoinette Portis’s the Not a Box.
These books gesture towards (perhaps more for the benefit of the adults than the children who read them) the power and importance of open ended play. There is a whimsical beauty to the imagination of the main characters in both books. And there is a strong message within each text. Sometimes we just need to let children be kids and create their own play.
Safety Reminders: Adult supervision is highly recommended for all of the activities, ideas, and materials featured on this blog. As parents, guardians, and caregivers, you know your children best and your own comfort level with the different suggested activities. Littleredbarn is not responsible for any injury or damage from reproducing the activities, materials, or ideas from this blog.