Did you ever have an imaginary friend as a child? Was your friend a constant companion or did you create a new friend for every day of the week?
We’ve seen the whole spectrum at our house. When our oldest was 4 years old, she had a complete description of her husband-to-be. The details will be kept under lock & key…lol!
Usually though, my kids create a new friend to be with them every few days or so. Whether it be their stuffed animal that they absolutely can’t part with for 5 minutes. Or a friend with no actual form that accompanies them everywhere that they go.
One thing is for sure. Those friends ALWAYS stick up for my girls. The virtual realities fight against each other defending the *rights* of each child. They can create some very eye-opening conversations.
I mean, what would you say if *you* weren’t the one saying it…? Scary thought!
Today however, has not been one of those take-the-gloves-off kind of days. Today was actually a very fun and peaceful day.
The older girls spent the afternoon creating new friends. From toilet paper rolls. One would hope that toilet paper would neither “leave you nor forsake you”…lol! Okay, so maybe the toilet paper rolls aren’t quite like God, but they have been good friends for today!
If you don’t have an “inventor’s box”, you NEED to make one. Just take a week and stop throwing away all of the clean recyclables. All the tiny bits of broken toys, pens, household items. Think- Tinkerbell and the lost things. While you don’t need to amass rooms full of trash, (I’m certainly not advocating for hoarder status…lol!) you can collect some very simple things and have a blast using them. Add in a few fun things like googley eyes, rhinestones, coffee filters and you have the makings of a new friend!
If you are not a “crafter”, no worries. Just set your children free with the Inventor’s box, some glue and scissors and they will create something. It doesn’t really matter what. Just as long as they have fun. It will build problem-solving skills, fine-motor skills and some fantastic memories.
The girls crafted some super-cute toilet paper roll friends and have been playing with them for a couple hours now. They made these cute girls and then decided that they needed some boys to play with too.
I hope that this inspires you to create something fun with your kids! Let me know what fun things you have done with your kids!