The price of creativity

The apartment that felt so spacious for the two of us when we first moved in feels much smaller now that we are a family of five. There are ways I have coped with the no yard/limited space thing by letting my kids play pretty actively and creatively in the space we do have. I draw the line at jumping on beds or couches, but I have no problem with furniture forts and the like.

The other day I was on the phone with someone about the Harvest Carnival I am organizing, and I looked behind to see that Aaron had created a path that ran the length of our living room using the little square plastic containers that hold all of our toys.

My first reaction was: “oh, how cute.” Then it hit me that for those containers to be used that way, all of their contents must have been relocated. As I surveyed the room, I did not see any evidence of a mess. “Oh well,” I thought, “maybe there really weren’t that many toys that got dumped.”

And then I walked around the futon to see this:


And what this photo fails to capture is the depth. It wasn’t quite as high as Elijah but that comparison did come to mind.

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  1. Very, very funny. In my experience everybody’s got piles of legos behind their futons. More overtly creative types just have bigger piles and enjoy them more than most :^)

  2. Yea for the creative kiddo! What a great picture! Must have been quite a sorting job. Wish I’d been there to help! – loved to put kids toys away with them.

  3. Make sure to let them play for as long as they can. Play is so important in education (more important than we sometimes give it credit).

  4. No trouble. I did not say a word about it, the mess, actually. The next day when Aaron wanted to “make a path”, though, I did tell him he couldn’t.

    And actually, the toys got a good sort out of t all 🙂

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