All kids love to have a special place to put their treasures. A friend of mine and his daughters like to collect rocks and paint them, then put them out front of their house. My two oldest boys liked having their own little plastic containers to keep things in, but they didn’t provide much space.
One thing I’ve wanted to do for a few years now is to build something for the kids that they will use for at least a few years. I finally had the time, so I built them some new “special boxes”. The construction was fairly simple, but it still took some time because I stained them which required drying time before I could actually put them together. I also had to do it all sneaky like as I wanted them to be presents for Christmas. Being the first things I’ve built for them, I’m happy with the way they turned out.
Christmas Eve I snuck the boxes upstairs after they went to bed because I didn’t want to wrap them, it’s a waste of time and wrapping paper.
The next morning while the kids were going through their stockings, no one even commented on the three large boxes sitting together. Then as their uncle was figuring out Beyblades for the kids Mathias was leaning on the boxes, still no comment, not even a question of what they were for. When I gave them their new “special boxes” to start putting things in so the living room wouldn’t be cluttered too much with their presents and stocking stuffers, nothing. They didn’t get excited or anything, more of a ho-hum kind of thing as they stuffed the things they were actually excited for into the boxes.
I’m not sure what I was expecting. Maybe a little more appreciation for something hand made especially for them. I’m sure in the future as they collect more treasures they’ll appreciate it, but it illustrated for me a truth of our times. People, especially kids, don’t actually care so much about hand-made things anymore, not when they can have a pile of “made in China” things.
I’m not going to stop making them things for them. Next year I’ll make Naomi a little jewelry box or something as well as whatever I make for the boys, and I’ll find out if it was just a boy thing, an age thing, or just my kids.
I should probably start planning now while I’ve got the time.