There’s a reason they say the days are long, but the years are short. Somehow here lately the days have been l.o.n.g. Impossibly long. I’m not quite sure what to chalk it up to – growth spurts, developmental leaps, a too busy schedule – but our days have been filled with more frazzled moments than usual.
Those frazzled moments (or days) can make everything seem impossible. Just accomplishing the necessary tasks – like making dinner and doing the washing – seem impossible. With all that weight (and worry and stress) setting up a project can seem like more hassle than its worth. Setting up a project – creating with your little ones – can seem beyond impossible.
But sometimes, in those frazzled-everything-is-impossible moments a project is actually just what the doctor ordered. A few minutes to breathe. A few minutes with focused hands. A few minutes to connect. That’s where our 10 minute projects come into play – these are activities that don’t take a lot of time, or supplies, to put together. The emphasis isn’t on a fancy product, it is on connecting.
As I sat down to do this project with my little guys, I kept reflecting on David’s words in his post on following the thread. I’ve been following his advice and telling loads of stories to my little ones and, you know what, they’ve been telling them right back.
Making the little library gives everyone a chance to sit down, work and connect. Grown-ups will be busy making small books, little ones will work to illustrate them, and together you will work to get the words and stories onto the page so they can be turned to time and again.
You Will Need
A small box
Crayons or colored pencils
What to Do
Choose a small box that you will use as your little library. We used a small jewelry box that I covered with origami paper.
Use your scrap paper and stapler to create small little books that will fit inside your box. We made ours a 1/4-inch smaller than the box so that they would fit inside without being to snug. As long as your books are small enough, using a regular stapler to staple the binding should be no problem!
Set to work illustrating your books. And, grown-ups, don’t just sit on the sidelines here. Illustrate one (or a few) of your own.
Once your little one is done with their pictures, have them dictate their story to you as you write the words into the book.
Add the finished book to your little library. Then make some more!
Once your library is full, it’s time to get cozy with your stories, like my little guys did.
Oh, and I’ll be totally honest here. Once I finished snapping a few lovely photos of them, I totally skedaddled to make dinner. They were happy to read their stories on their own. Sometimes on those frazzled-everything-is-impossible days, a few minutes spent completely focused on our little ones can fill up their cups enough to give us the time and space that we need, as well.