Our Cardboard House #3

Well, I found the best box ever.  I brought it into the playgroup area from my studio last week, and then cut out two doors before the kids went inside.  They instantly loved it. The two doors are important because they allow children the ability to come and go as they please.  Cutting out the doors always bring me back to my own childhood.  Peter Pan, with Mary Martin, was the first of it’s kind on television.  Once in Neverland, Peter draws a “door” with a doorknob on a simple cardboard-like house meant for Wendy.  He instantly opens the door.  It was a thrill then, and a thrill still when I make a new cardboard house for the kids.  I also cut out small windows all around the box – small enough so they can’t get their head stuck, but big enough to be able to look in or out. They have figured out how to put their feet inside the windows, hold onto the top and climb up a little.

The original house (the long one lying down on the floor behind the new box) was deemed (by the children) too “dark,” so Kristen turned it on one end and it became a “rocket ship” that only one child at a time can enter.  They love this new alteration and find it challenging to take turns inside.  This is a good thing.  The following are pictures that show the evolution of these wonderful and enchanting spaces:




Our Cardboard House #2

Our house grows and changes:

Last year’s cardboard house:

Our Cardboard House #1

This is my very first attempt at putting pictures up on my blog by myself!   Some people, such as myself, and of  “a certain age” have trouble even attempting this sort of thing.  I hereby thank Levi Ward for his brilliant tutorial called: “Adding a Photo to a little by little Post.”  It’s so easy!!

Anyway, here is the very beginning of the cardboard house we make every year about this time.  I usually start with one large box and add to it over the following weeks.  The kids have a large say in how it develops, and how it gets decorated. I’m very sensitive to how the kids play in it.  I have to make sure that it has strategically placed entrances/exits that allow them to never feel trapped inside.  However, they do learn to negotiated the space, which I think is a beautiful metaphor for how we humans co-exist.

By the way, the one in the box is Julien, and the one running is Eli.