{Play} Tinkerlab Challenge #9 | Egg Carton Boat

April 8, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

It’s that time again.  Time to raid your recycling bin and get busy creating for Tinkerlab’s Creative Challenge #9:

Egg Cartons

For the last challenge, we had a lot of fun making a Paper Bag Fan and I knew we’d have fun trying to create something out of an egg carton.

The difference this time was that I didn’t supply Jane with any materials – except the carton.  I let her decide what to do with it and just followed her lead. To watch her build something out of nothing just with a little imagination and creativity was awesome.  I love that she knows how good it feels to create something original from start to finish. (One of my favorite highs in life).

First, she requested that I cut the lid and flap off. I willingly complied and waited for my next instruction.  “I need crayons.”  She tried coloring the box, but wasn’t impressed with how it turned out.

Then she started sticking them in the holes of the protruding dividers.

“I made a ship!”

But she quickly learned that the crayons weren’t secure enough because they were too big.  We needed something skinnier.  She raided a few kitchen drawers and came out with bamboo skewers.

“Here it goes!”

It didn’t go – since the skewers fell out of the bottom.  She put the lid underneath and achieved success.

For the sail, she tried using paper.

Didn’t exactly fit – and made a better hat.  “I know!”  She ran off and found the pipe cleaners.

Seriously ingenious.  Would not have thought of that.  At.  All.

The proud inventor admiring her masterpiece:

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