Our little summer suitcase of fun has been such a bright spot in our summer days – the boys and I both love the imaginative fun and creative play that it has been inspiring.
And. I love the self propelled routine it has established. They need to be dressed, beds made, breakfast eaten, Bibles read, and dishes put away before they open the suitcase- and that little routine they’ve got down! Well on our way to a smooth school year. (ha!)
So far I haven’t had to buy anything especially for it – I have picked up odds and ends at yard sales for them, such as costume pieces, but they are things I would have picked up anyways. I have always hoarded junk and now we are USING it, and tossing it when they play with – so it’s a total win to be decluttering! I mean, really … it’s slightly embarrassing to have had all these odds and ends sitting around and I hesitate to confess such a thing, but the fact is we (well, some of us … I realize not all) have random junk and presented in the right way it can be FUN for use in creative play, and then passed on.
Like that above brief case. We have been playing up a spy/secret agent theme with the suitcase items each day (IDs, mustaches, finger printing powder, coins, stamps, etc.) and the “briefcase” is what my wedding utensils came in a decade ago. I have been lugging it around for a decade. It wasn’t even silver. Just an every day set. But for whatever reason I held on to the case. This past week it came out as their secret spy case – complete with their own spy numbers (month and then birth date, Judah 1/27, Wesley 6/27 – clever, no?)
These out of sequential order, and a couple were left off (a movie, and one or two others I forget!) But the items found in the suitcase the past three weeks starting with the top left image:
dress up clothes | boomerang | secret spy agent briefcase | blueberry picking with friends
sticker coins | fingerprint dusting powder | Battleship with the Periodic table of the Elements | Old Photographs
And this was my very favorite – one day they got the mustaches, and the next we made up ID cards for them – they made up their own names and have spent HOURS playing secret agent.
We have family coming to visit next week, so I haven’t decided how I will balance the suitcase with company, but I am trying to make it line up with Camp Google, which starts next week.