One of the reasons (among many) that you should not buy your children everything they want (or you should at least make them wait a while) is because you just may short circuit some amazing creativity.
Case in point.
Can you tell what this is? I mean, besides a lot of recycled boxes?
(Yes, the Poptarts were bought by the hubby at an –expensive– import store in Big City. The mac-n-cheese was a gift brought in from USA.)
Look at how Sprite uses it for a clue.
Lens in, lens out.
Yep, It’s a microscope. A recycled box, cardboard microscope.
Actually a microscope was on the 2010 curriculum buying list. This one has been on my Rainbow Resource wishlist for months. But Sprite was so eager to have one that she made it, albeit a pretend version, herself.
She uses this as part of her medical practice set up. Sprite now has a desire to go into nursing. Her language tutor happens to be a nursing student, so she fosters this interest in Sprite.
Then I started thinking, everything is cheaper in China. We have a medical college right in this city, so there MUST be a vendor for microscopes here. Why should I buy a microscope in America and bring it over? I started hunting around, and eureka! I found a shop willing to order a microscope comparable to the one on my wishlist for half the price. For just over $100 I got the microscope (new), slides, and slide covers. AND I didn’t have to pay any shipping. Woo hoo! Victory!
We haven’t actually started using it because I don’t have the books I need to explain how to use it, experiments to do, etc. They are coming, though. I can’t remember anything about using a microscope from high school or college. But I do remember it being terrible interesting.
At any rate, I’m thrilled both with Sprite’s creativity and with my great bargain. Do your children make things from old boxes?