Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Have you ever started a simple project and had it turn into something bigger? That's what happened today. In fact, it's still happening. I had no idea that a little tee-pee would trigger such imaginative play with Luci.
We started out reading a lesson entitled "Homes in the Wild West" from The Usborne Book of Living Long Ago. This book frequently has projects that go along with the reading. My boys were seldom ever interested in these. Sometimes they pretended to like them just for my sake, but deep down they were grudgingly participating. After all Egyptian collars, medieval purses, and neck 'ruffs' were just not that much fun for two Lego-loving boys. They'd much rather construct the Parthenon out of of Lego bricks.
But my girl is different. When I open the book her eyes are instantly drawn to the right side of the page to check first if there is a project. There's never any question about whether she wants to do it. She always does.
So that is how we ended up constructing an Indian tee-pee this afternoon...two of them actually. A simple enough project...just cut a circle of paper in half and bring the corners together and tape. Cut the top off, fold open the doors, and set it on a frame of straws that have been cemented in clay.
But the tee-pee wasn't enough. There had to be an Indian girl. In comes the playmobil girl who undoubtedly needs Indian clothing. And of course, she needed a horse, who thankfully came with his own beautiful bright blue saddle.
The scene wasn't complete until she added green clay bushes, and a blue clay river. Oh, and a canoe.
The pictures end there, but the story doesn't. Throughout the afternoon Luci played with this little set up. She created stories to go along with her Indian girl and acted out her stories imaginatively. The girl worked hard, collected water, made fire, took care of her horse, and even took a nap in the tee-pee. Luci added, altered, took away, and added again to her scene until, against her wishes, I moved it off of the table for dinner time.
It's back on the table again and guess where Luci is?