My boys love to build. Give them some blocks, rocks and erasers, you name it, plus some free time and they go to town. But when I ask them about what they’ve built — whether it be a pirate ship, a plane, or a “zombie house” (!) — they barely answer.
I’m there saying “Wow…cool. A pirate ship?” “Is that the captain of the ship?” But I get nothing back. On a good day, a reluctant “yup” or “I guess.” Even my 5-year-old does this; my 8-year-old is the worst.
One of my friends who thinks a lot about these things recently gave me the best tip when it comes to getting your kids to communicate about what they’ve created: rather than ask questions which will only get you a yes or a no, ask WHAT, WHY or HOW?
WHAT journey will the plane take? HOW fast does it go? WHY does the captain of the ship want a treasure? HOW will he get it?
Sound obvious? Maybe, but it’s so simple. And on a good day I get a nice peek into their sweet little brains, into how they think. Which is a special treat for a mom.
In the spirit of creativity, tell me below what your child loves to build or draw and you enter automatically to win this week’s Tegu Pocket Pouch!