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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Letting my mind wander...

I know I shouldn't let my mind wander while I'm at church but sometimes I do.  Today was one of those days.  Sitting next to me was a 9 year old boy, his 3 year old brother and his family (family friends).  The 9 year old was engrossed with his notebook and pen, drawing elaborate scenes and the 3 year old was playing with the straw of a Capri Sun juice packet.  Kids can be so creative with so little.  Give them a few simple materials and their imaginations take off.

Take the Capri Sun straw.  In a matter of minutes, it evolved from a straw to blow air at a brother to a microphone, a telephone, a gun, and a sword. 

And a paper and pen?  Think what can be done with that!  You can play a game of tic-tac-toe or dots or hangman or whatever, you can write notes to a friend, you can draw pictures, write stories and illustrate them, you can fold the paper into airplanes and other shapes, you can make a treasure map.

I know this all seems so obvious but so many of the things that bring children pleasure are simple.  It's really entertaining to see just what they come up with.

Maybe I should have been listening to the talks at church.  :)


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