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I thought I was taking out the recycling to get rid of it… Crafts with Recycled CardboardMiss 6 saw it, and getting rid of it went out the window! Out came pieces of cardboard, remains of boxes, Ben & Jerry’s tub(-s), and she’d decided within minutes exactly what she wanted to make! …There’s quite a difference between knowing what you want to make and then trying to find appropriate pieces – usually quite frustrating – compared to being inspired from the what you already have.

I saw trash, Miss 6 saw a shop!

Plans were made out on a little piece of paper – which was just too cute! I’ve never seen her planning in that written down kind of way before. There are things my Little Lady does sometimes which just melt my heart. Being there to observe little hints of what may become defining characteristics, her personality development; seeing how she fantasises, plans & resolves problems – these moments are among those I value most about being a mama. DIY Shop of Recycled CardboardIt was saturday; my Little Man was asleep; Miss 3 was poorly and being read to; it was perfect timing to put all other thoughts and tasks aside and just help her out! So she put me in charge of cutting bits of tape 🙂 When her shop was built, exactly as she’d planned it to be, Miss 6 already knew what she wanted to sell – brownies (which we just happened to have!) and hot chocolate. And she’d already decided that she wanted to sell them outside …in the pouring rain! What can you say to an ecstatic 6 year old, who’s built her own cardboard shop, written her signs, cut her brownies? In her mind there wasn’t any doubt at all that all the neighbour kids would come out and buy from her Selling Brownies Outdoors– even though nobody was outside playing at all! So off she went to knock on her friends doors and give them 5 minutes notice about her grand opening; and the best compromise we could reach was that the cardboard shop would be placed under a wooden roof that covers a little seating area in the square outside our house, and I was given instructions to carry it out under an umbrella whilst she knocked on doors. Five minutes later there were 4 additional kids outside, all of whom had come out with their wallets and all paid for brownies and hot chocolate (2cm each in the bottom of paper mugs, because that was all the milk we had at home!), and the dad who’d come out was paying double for everything, as Miss 6 had already decided that those were the going rates – children 1/2 price! So his 2cm of hot chocolate was as expensive as any café in the city! It was so windy I had to hold one side of the cardboard shop to stop it capsizing, and in the end it was lucky more kids hadn’t come out since after buying 3 or 4 pieces of brownie each there wasn’t anything left at all. You have to love those neighbours! …And I love that brownies (and Miss 6) was enough to get them all out into the cold in all their rain gear on a very wet, windy day.

DIY Shop of Recycled Cardboard

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  I asked Miss 6 afterwards what she had MOST enjoyed about her DIY shop, and outdoor brownie sale? …Bouncing with enthusiasm, her bright eyed answer was ”making money!” …Haha! What could I say? Not anywhere close to what I was expecting!

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  1. Aww, this is gorgeous. She is so clever! I agree that watching their little personalities grow and seeing the way they solve problems is so special. One of my favourite parts about being a mama too. Thanks so much for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party 🙂

  2. My kids have been wanting to make a shop for a while and we haven’t gotten around to it yet. Probably because our neighbours are not as nice as yours (at least some of them). But we should do it anyway, sounds like you had the best time!

    • Haha!! No, not all neighbours are! …I think they’d be just as happy if you were the paying customer… It’s just a question of how much brownie one person can eat 😉

  3. Oh wow how brilliant! I love her resourcefulness and what a creation, absolutely fantastic. The brownies look amazing too and so beautifully presented. Thank you for sharing with #whatsthestory

  4. Oh bless her heart for setting up a shop, that’s so sweet and ingenious! It sounds like you’ve got amazing neighbours to humour children like this, it’s the thing of tv programmes.

    Nipping over from Country Kids.

  5. Your daughter’s an enterprising young lady! It was lovely that she found some customers too, and thanks for sharing the entire process of making the shop. #CountryKids

    • Yeah – I think she really has the entrepreneur touch! I love that the neighbour kids will go along with just about anything… I was truly surprised they’d even do it in the pouring rain 🙂

  6. Lucas says – Awesome job and we’re looking for someone to become GL Gang entrepreneur – does Little Lady want the job?
    Thanks for linking to #minicreations

    • Awesome! You know she’s really in it for the money!! – What’s the pay like? 😉
      …If you’re up for some entrepreneur FUN, so are we! Let’s tweet 🙂

  7. Miss 6 is very enterprising and succeeded in planning and carrying out her idea really well! Such a creative idea and a great way to get some of her friends outdoors for a little while. Thanks for linking up and sharing your fun with Country Kids.

    • You hit the nail on the head! – Enterprising! When she has an idea, she’s a whirlwind 🙂 …I love that she didn’t even care it was raining, or waver about moving her business outdoors …It’s not like she’s always jumping by the door to play outside – sometimes it’s a struggle!

    • EVERYTHING a kid creates from a cardboard box is a masterpiece they love! …Quite large to keep after though 😛

  8. Oh bless her. You have got to love their enthusiasm. Had to smile at you being put in charge of the sticky tape. You must have the best neighbours ever to join in. Even in the rain.#CountryKids

    • I really do have some of the best neighbours ever!!
      & the tape – I know!! She was so enthusiastic that I was going to ’help’ her, that I really thought she had a very important role in mind for me ..HAHA!! It was perfect 🙂

  9. What a great idea! Love the idea of a brownies and hot chocolate shop – so cute! My 6 yr old is always rummaging in our recycling box too.

    • Apart from solving the ’how to store’ all that they create (at least for the bare minimum time) – there can’t be anything better with recycling than the potential to CREATE 🙂

  10. Oh, how I miss those days of massive cardboard creations in the kitchen / garden…
    enjoy, it passes all too quickly!
    Emma 🙂

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