A Child Will Build What His Mind Sees

Like a lot of kids, our son is fascinated by wild animals and ancient dinosaurs.

He loves to dress-up and build habitats, watch documentaries, and read books about dinosaurs and crocodiles.

And, our son had been running around with an attached leopard tail that belonged to his sister’s halloween costume because it was the only tail he could find to pretend he was a full-fledged Spinosaurus when he’d create makeshift costumes.

 

I told him that we’d figure out a way to make a better tail.  I considered cutting out scute-like ridges from cardboard, painting them green, or maybe cutting pieces of scaly felt and gluing them together to trail behind him.

I went to do some chore and forgot about the whole missing-dino-tail-and-I-promise-to-make-one predicament.

When I went back upstairs, I was reminded that I had forgotten that task when I saw our son, again.

But then, I was also reminded that it didn’t matter that I had forgotten, after all.

 

Our 5 year old son had figured out a perfectly workable and realistic solution, himself.

And, I must say….It is absolutely Brilliantastic.

 

A Child Will Build What His Mind Sees

 

It’s True.

Kids won’t allow a seeming lack of available resources to inhibit their goals.

It is refreshing to watch a mind work in creative ways

because it hasn’t learned to place boundaries on solutions.

 

A Child Will Build What His Mind Sees.

A Child Will Make Her Thoughts Come To Life.

 

I mean, I can almost not even see our son in this photo….He becomes a Spinosaurus down to those perfectly curled therapod claws and that realistic hissing roar that sounds like the ancient reptile actually needs to clear his throat.

 

Can You Just Hear It?

 

It’s A Good Lesson For Us All, To Remember, Really.

 

Don’t Just Love The Spinosaurus, Become The Spinosaurus.

 

Learn Everything You Can About That Spinosaurus.

 

Use Whatever You Find Available To Make Spinosaurus Happen.

 

Don’t Wait For Mom To Go To The Craft Store To Cut Green Scutes Out Of Tag Board.

 

There’s No Need For That Kind Of Unnecessary Delay!

(She’ll Probably Just Forget, Anyway!)

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS PUT ON That Cheap Dollar Store Hat That You Begged Your Very-Resistant Mom To Buy (Because It Might Be A Buck, But, Seriously, How Long Is It Going To Last?   Over A Year, Surprisingly),

 

TWIST That Over-Sized Pipe Cleaner Into The Neck Of Your T-Shirt Until The Head Hole Stretches To Fit A Beach Ball Through It When You Finally Take It Off To Make A Spiny Sail,

 

TUCK That Handy Plastic Pirate Chain Into Your Belt Loop (Which, Interestingly, Also Doubles As The Leash You Fasten Around Your 2nd Grade Sister’s Waist When You Pretend To Use Her As Bait To Catch Crocodiles) And Make A Long And Fearsome Tail,

 

CURL Your Fingers Into Terrible Three-Fingered Claws That Look Like Perfect Garden Rakes,

 

ROAR A Throaty Roar That Would Inflict Laryngitis On Lesser Humans, I Mean, Ancient Reptilian Crocodylomorphs…

 

AND STRIKE Fear Into The Hearts Of ALL The Other Dinosaurs In Your Imagination As They Tremble In The Sharp-Toothy Face Of Your Boundless Cleverness.

 

PROVE Just Why YOU Are The Apex Predator In This Food Web Of AWESOME…AGAIN.
 

WHEN YOU DO ALL THAT, YOU ARE A SPINOSAURUS.

 

When I see children solve problems by seeing the potential in

the simplest things that lay in front of them,

I am reminded that we, parents, might not be missing

as many spinosaurus tails as we thought we were.

 

The solutions to our everyday conundrums might just require

an adjusted approach,

a less conventional perspective,

or, at the very least,

one really awesome plastic party pirate chain.  

 

Everyone should have one of those.

 

 

 

 

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Need Some New Play Date Ideas?

Critters And Crayons is participating in a Play Date Blog Hop with a group of fantastic kid-bloggers!

GoKidYourself 

All Done Monkey 

Learn with Play at home

Coffee Cups and Crayons 

Caution! Twins at Play 

 

Here are some of C&C’s ideas for themed play dates worth trying!

Try A Group Nature Hike…

Our family recently went on a nature hike with two other families and it is something we plan to do on a larger scale soon with several other families.  There is nothing like getting out into nature where discoveries and beauty abound.

The children are delighted by the simplest sights:  a snake trail across a dirt path, a rocky crevice swarming with giant ants carrying morsels half the size of their bodies, hardened tree sap, seashells on a hilltop or driftwood near the river.

For so many of us busy-folk, these things lose their magic.  But, children can teach us to view them with wonder again.

And this photo was taken on a different nature excursion but it is too cute not to share.  Our 5 year old daughter found those snails at a random rest stop on a road trip.

That adorable little snail in her hand wasn’t even the size of a pencil eraser.  He was just teeny tiny.  We were all surprised to find that all of the shells were filled with these cuties!  So, grab some baggies and some magnifying glasses and take your play date into nature!

 And There is Always Origami (Of Course)…..

Here, we made simple origami suncatchers in the hotel room.  But, you can see how we made origami into a play date and party theme here:  The $50 Origami Party!

 And How About All That Make-Up You Need To Get Rid Of?  It’s Totally Great For An Art Play Date!

Did you miss the post on using old make-up to make art?  Did you miss my hubby’s mascara grim reaper?

I made a huge purge of make-up in my last de-cluttering phase and it is all now in a tackle box we keep in the kitchen.

The kids make some pretty neat art with it.  Here, you can see our daughter’s work-  It reminds me of a Dia De Los Muertos exhibit.

Imagine how fun it would be to line a floor with unrolled butcher block paper and to see what the kids can do with that old lipstick of yours?  What took you 10 years to throw away will be gone in 2 minutes, I promise.

 

And What About Those Puppets?

We recently figured out that the best and cheapest puppet storage that places puppets right at a pre-schooler’s height for rapid fire puppeteering is a shoe rack.  Since then, we have been doing some serious nighttime puppeteering.

Sometimes, the kids put on the show for us or their “audience”.

Yes.  That is a T-Rex wearing pink Minnie Mouse undies.  We don’t discriminate around here.  All animals (living, extinct, or inanimate) have an inalienable right to modesty.

If your Puppet Show Play Date lacks humans, please feel free to borrow our kids’ solution.  :)

 

And You Can Always Keep It Simple With a Sweet Family Pretend Pizza Party Play Date…..

This might be the best play date of all.  It is the “unwind and bond as a family” play date.

Mom and Dad might exceed the tensile strength of those Little Tikes kid stools, and we may have to shift our weight from side to side to keep parts of our body from tingling and falling asleep- but it is worth it.

These are the play dates that might be the most memorable- the ones where we stopped doing what we think we need to do to focus on what we really need to do.

DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS FOR PLAY DATES?  

HAVE YOU BEEN TO ANY COOL ONES LATELY?

 

For more fantastic ideas from other Kid Bloggers, check out the links below!  If you have a play date post, please feel free to add it!

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