Young children love to nest! Finding a small spot somewhere, very private, to look at books or listen to tapes, a quiet spot where no one can disturb her can be a little one's idea of heaven.
Most homes aren't big enough to be able to put an area aside just for this purpose. If, however, you've got an old solid color sheet and a card table, your youngster can have small, temporary space for herself.
Give your little one the sheet and some washable markers or paints. Let her decorate the sheet any way they choose. When she's finished, open the card table in her room or somewhere out of the way, drape the decorated sheet over it, and voila! Your child has a home away from -- but still inside -- home!
Older children may want to fine-tune this tent by adding windows and doors. If children are going to be involved in very active play with this tent, it is a good idea to anchor the sheet on top of the table with some double-sided tape or buttons of tape.
How many times have we needed a screwdriver when one was not available? We solve the problem by thinking creatively, using a fingernail, a dime, or a paper clip perhaps. Children also need to learn to be creative-problem solvers. Putting an old sheet and a table together to make something completely different from their originally intended use involves creativity, and being able to use materials creatively is a helpful tool in their repertoire of creative skills.
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