You know that feeling when your child goes to play and you see them playing but then ten minutes goes by and you realize hmmm, I haven't heard a sound...it's very quiet...what are they doing? The moment when you are sure they are into something they shouldn't be...
Well, that was me about fifteen minutes ago.
My three year old was playing in his brother's room. A regular occurrence these days as he has all "the toys". So he's playing and happy and I go to do the dishes in the kitchen/ fold the laundry...exciting things I tell you, when I realize it's very quiet....too quiet.
I hoof it to the room expecting some hanging from chandelier kind of activity only to find this...
A boy deep in thought about the world he's creating. Tractors for the farmers. Trailers for the boats. Cars and houses. A place for his "guys" to sleep.
What was I to do? Well, grab the camera immediately of course.
The interesting story is how we had gotten to this moment.
Back in 2002 when we found the Waldorf program I entered it with full force. There was what we now affectionately call the "plastic purge of 2002". I cleared out all the plastic toys and kept only the wooden toys. We filled baskets with books, pinecones, dress up silks, and wool and never looked back.
About a year and a half ago our now seven year old was attemting to create things. Tall things. Rolling things. Just lots of things. His own ideas but he wanted wheels. The wooden legos we had were great for buildings but didn't make the best cars.
So, the big daddy and I decided that maybe legos would be a great exception to the "mostly-no-plastic-rule". We both had fond memories creating as children with a pile of legos. My three brothers and I would spend hours on the floor playing together and building towns.
Of course, that was a long time ago and there weren't pirates and Harry Potter legos then. Just plain basic building blocks. Wheels. Things like that.
A search ensued and we finally found plain building pieces, wheels, steering wheels, windshields and green boards to play on. No pictures of other things. No sets, well one motorcycle because it was so cool, that needed to be only one thing. Basics. Leaving it open for his own creative spin.
Since then he has created cars, helicopters, buildings, towns and an ice cream shop. This one toy spans the ages of our children and on weekends such as our last one they could all be found on the floor playing together with legos.
It's a plastic item that I don't feel bad about. An item that, even though I love the feel of wooden toys, items made by someone I know and natural objects warming in their hands, has still provided an opportunity for great imagination to be used.
Something that you don't have to worry about them being "too quiet".