toys from nature
I went to a nearby beach with my family. I have to do homework for this summer semester. For this homework, we needed tools from nature. I headed to the beach to get these natural ingredients. The beach before the rain is quiet and very beautiful. A landscape like a beautiful watercolor painting spread out in front of my eyes.
The color of the sea always reflects the color of the sky. They look the same, yet they are different. But with each other's faces on the horizon, they constantly talk and mirror each other. The scenery at this time is so beautiful that I feel the urge to draw with the easel spread out.
We hurriedly walked along the beach in search of natural ingredients. Before that, I taught my kids the rules about finding abandoned things. In other words, do not break tree limbs or pick up new stones for homework. Since we have to think about this rule, finding ingredients has been slow.
After walking for such a long time, my son found a small crab. The crab seemed to be asking for help as it floundered in one spot. My child quickly looked in the direction of the crab. Surprisingly, the crab was caught in the net that people had abandoned and was unable to move. The little crab struggled desperately and called for help. The child pricked the crab's big claws and slowly removed the net.
The little crab is finally free from the net. We discovered that we came out to shore today to rescue these little crab. After hearing this story, my little child wrote the following.
When we got home, we looked at each other's natural ingredients. They were broken pieces of wood, branches, stones, and scrap tires. With this, I decided to make a playbox for my child using gift wrapping paper. The theme of this playbox is about the little crab I saved today. First, I made a small tree by covering the gift wrapping paper on the Amazon box and attaching the pieces of wood I received with a hot glue gun.
Then, I put a stone in the wrapping paper and made a small crab, the main character of the day. It is the same color as the picture in the child's writing.
Below is the finished look. I twisted the wrapping paper together to make a small nest and made a bird. The child has been playing with this little playbox for a while. Personally, through this experience, I discovered the joy of storytelling with children and making toys out of natural materials based on it.
Myungja Anna Koh