I was scrolling through the Instagram feed yesterday when this brightly colourful post by imagination.mama caught my eye;
A home for Little Gnome 🛏🏠✨ If I take too long to take the recycling pile on the counter out to the bin outside, little hands help themselves.. like this bed for Little Gnome made out of a tea bag box #imagination #reuse #recycle #creativity #creativekids #imaginativekids #101usesforacardboardbox #sparkimagination #kidsactivities #kidssewing #felt #craft #gnome #bed #teabagbox #happykidshappymama
Cue the memories! Because I might know a think about that… In fact, I may have even written a poem or two when my boys were in preschool.
For my international Poetry Friday friends, bowerbirds are endemic to Australia and Papua New Guinea. There are a number of varieties, but I’ll link you to Graeme Chapman‘s page of photos – where you can see pics of the male Satin Bowerbird and his collection of blue treasures. And David Attenborough’s BBC video, showing the elaborate bower created. (It’s astonishing!)
A lot of years have passed since that poem was written… but not much has changed. The bowerbirds still make something out of nothing – and I can’t regret it! Having seen the benefits of creativity and problem-solving throughout the years, and the complexity of the projects they now undertake, I am quick to extol the virtues of creative play and recycled projects at a very young age. If there is one thing I did well as a mother, it was to feed my bowerbirds! And I’m thrilled that kids are starting to be inspired to play and be creative, through my author visits.