Isaac brought home a large cardboard box from school last week, decorated it and created a flying machine. What I love the most is that he is calling it his "not-a-box" after a book that we read years ago, one that is still a favorite of mine but that I thought he had long forgotten. It made me think of this poem by Carole Boston Weatherford.
What can you do with a cardboard box?
Use it to show off your precious rocks.
Build a clubhouse with a door
or a counter for a grocery store.
Make a stage for puppet shows,
a slippery sled for winter snows.
Invent a robot, a high-tech buddy.
Craft a chair to sit and study.
Design a rocket bound for Mars
or turbo-driven racing cars.
Make a sign that say No Boys
or a chest for all your favorite toys.
Don't throw that cardboard box away --
Save it to jazz up a rainy day.
from Sidewalk Chalk, page 17