I got my "books to strew"out the other day so I could reference them and put the details on the blog, and while they were piled up next to me, the boys kept coming and pulling books out of my pile so they could look at them too! Youngest pulled out "How Things Work" and went all the way through it in order, lifting one flap at a time, totally absorbed in it. I managed to not be frustrated and just made a mental note that it looked like being a successful one to strew.
Middle went and hunted out our seashells (that I had earmarked for a Provocation) and started making pictures out of them, like the "Spiky Hedgehog" below. Again, I chose to relinquish control, drop any irritation that he was playing with them at "the wrong time" (yes I have control issues), and be glad that he was freely playing and exploring. I chose to see it as proof that I had read the season correctly and they were ready for a season of Provocations, strewing, and investigative play.
The most difficult one to manage was when they found our "Window Art" kit and immediately asked to do it. My first thought: "Oh, I was going to use that kit with its limited resources during the month of strewing which doesn't start until Monday". Second thought: "Get over yourself, woman, and let them play with it when they are inspired to". Third thought: "Actually they will need a degree of supervision, not to mention a clear space in which to work, and time to complete each piece - none of which are feasible right now" Decision communicated to the boys: "Let's do it another day when the table is clear and I can sit down with you and all have fun together". It actually worked - after a busy few days, today we had a clear table and time to give it our full attention, and we had a really lovely time. Youngest tackled a quite complicated picture but was able to focus well and made a beautiful dragon. Middle chose to do a funny frog and a space rocket. Youngest would have liked to do more, but I asked him to wait until Eldest had decided what he wanted to do as we didn't want to run out of the gel paints before he had had a chance to make something. Eldest did a great space shuttle, and by then his younger brothers had moved on other things...
The "mini-invitation" - simply the box opened and contents laid out, ready to go...
Eldest's Space Shuttle
Once the boys had all completed their choice of activities for this morning, we reverted to one part of last term's plan in as much as Mummy chose the first TV programme to watch over an indoor picnic lunch. Today was an episode of Deadly Pole to Pole, about wolves. Wildlife documentaries always go down well in this house, so there were no complaints. It was a nice peaceful end to a slightly manic morning. Manic in a good way though - creativity firing off everywhere, and me surprising myself by enjoying the lack of structure... long may it continue!