Box of Love

Are you looking for a sure fire winner for your mother-in-law this holiday season?  My heart melted as I read this note handed to me by my daughter with the little box to your right:

This is a very special gift that you can never see. The reason it’s so special is, it’s just for you from me. Whenever you are happy or even feeling blue. You only have to hold this gift and know I think of you. You never can unwrap it. Please leave the ribbon tied. Just hold the box close to your heart. It’s filled with love inside.

This simple project is inexpensive and priceless.  Click here to see the full tutorial and to download a free printable copy of this lovely poem.

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Use this project as an opportunity to chat with your child.  Before they begin painting hold up the box front facing forward and ask, “What shape is this?”  The logical response is “a square.”  Now hold the box side facing and repeat the question.  Suddenly from a side perspective the box is a rectangle. Let this open the door to a variety of “things are not always what they seem” conversations.

I recently discussed the importance of a child being able to mentally handle an open ended math question with my Montessori mentor over tea. Children are often taught to be obsessed with knowing the right answer.  In today’s dynamic world we need to teach our children critical thinking and that there is often more than one correct answer or approach to a problem.  This type of thinking can be played out with leftover Halloween candy.  Recognizing ten Snicker bars can be four plus six OR two plus eight is an important accomplishment.  Asking your child the shape of the Box of Love is one very simple elementary example of an open ended math question.  Don’t miss these small opportunities in your daily interactions.

I was thrilled when Moira tagged Let’s Lasso the Moon on this colorful Facebook photo.  I enjoy seeing how each child takes the project in a different direction.  Didn’t her son do an amazing job?  Bello! 

Again, click here for the full tutorial.  I’d love if you’d share a photo of your child’s Box of Love with me too.

Happy Painting,

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