Last weekend, the unthinkable happened. It was a beautiful, sunny, yet windy day and I propped open the door to the deck so that the kids, cats and I could go in and out as we pleased. While Connor was outside, he watched as two helium balloons left over from their birthday parties, were blown out the door and into the backyard and up into SPACE! He was devastated (sobbing uncontrollably devastated). So I did did what any good mama can do, we built a cardboard rocketship to go rescue those balloons (and maybe distract the boy)!
I had saved some boxes after ordering the bulk of their birthday presents online. I knew this big one would come in handy! We grabbed our craft box and went to town! Daddy helped us with the screw and washer to attach the steering wheel. Connor did all the designing and gluing. I helped with a little cutting (and made the flag).
Since our initial launch, Amelia tried to
destroy redecorate the rocketship. What was initially another crisis (5 year olds have a lot of those), became another opportunity to redesign the instrument panel and add some more designs to the wings.
I have never seen Connor so involved in imaginative play like he is with this cardboard rocketship! I am sure he does a lot more of this with his friends at school, but I was totally amazed at all the different scenarios he came up with as he climbed in and out of that box.
Cardboard rocketships rock!