Nicky has been really sick this past week. One of the ways I know he really isn’t himself is that there aren’t a whole lot of his creations all over the house. He has basically been coughing in bed and not doing much. Finally, after two visits to the doctor and another antibiotic added into the mix, he was feeling a lot better and went to school on Friday. I know he is better because on Saturday he was building Hot Wheels tracks all over the lounge and today he remembered about the washing machine box and decided he wanted to make a house. So we made a house out of a box.
This is what we did:
- Nicky insisted on a slanting, triangular roof, even though I told him you do get flat roof houses, and it would have been easier to make. We made this by arching two of the flaps into a triangle and then tracing the shape on the remaining side flaps to complete the house. Don’t stick this together yet until you’ve done the chimney.
- We cut the door and windows.
- Nicky wanted burglar bars/ slats on the windows so we used skewer sticks for that.
- He then wanted a chimney. Not content with a two dimensional square taped on, he wanted a box shape. So I got a box and cut it (he insisted on a slanted cut to go on the roof).
- We then used thick sticky tape to tape up the roof on all sides as well as the chimney.
- Lastly he wanted to paint it, so we took the whole thing outside and put newspaper all around. He did orange on the outside and green inside. He was very happy to sing and talk to himself while he did it. I just helped him a bit with the roof with a step ladder and holding the paint.
Nicky’s previous teacher once said he might make a good architect with his detailed drawings of houses (although I think he could be anything he wants to be) so now we have just taken the pictures to the next level. He’s very happy to have given Bear a place to live.