We all get a bit restless at times, don’t know what to be at.
With homeworks done and no friends to call on, my wee ones can be at a loss…despite the many toys and craft at their disposal they don’t know what to choose.
At this point I normally say, as I remember my mother saying..”it’s ok to be bored. Away you go, you’ll find something to do.”
Along with the rolling of eyes and sighs of frustration, they disappear.
At this point, more often than not, Abi retreats to the sewing room. I’ll find her, mid project, scissors in hand, fabric all around and completely content.
She has made backpacks for her kitty, a sleeping bag, leads and her current project…a pyjama top recycled from an old top!
At times we rush in, want to help them out…provide them with activities, but more often than not, boredom is the forerunner of creativity, of proper imaginative play and complete immersion in an activity.
So I always remind Abi of this when she comes, bored. I remind her that her most creative and gorgeous wee projects are the ones that she dreamed up and planned when she was couldn’t think of what to do; when she wasn’t following my instructions or using a book for ideas.
Pure, unadulterated imagination.
So I will allow them to be bored; encourage it almost, because you never, just never know what may follow.