I thought I was taking out the recycling to get rid of it… Miss 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. It 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 – 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!