Making for Play
When I’m working with children I’m doing as little as possible for them, offering support and guidance whilst ensuring that the making and ownership is largely theirs. With my boy, he generally isn’t interested in the making, the priority is getting the right protective gear/mask/weapon whilst the role play is still ‘live’, and I am a handy props creator, his technician in the creative process.
To me these look a little like simple folk art. Sometimes they are just what he wants and they get played with for months with regular repairs (like the cardboard tube sword). Other pieces of wearable artwork (armour for a knight, Superman chest-plate etc) have been lost or worn into oblivion, whilst on other occasions it takes me ‘too long’ and by the time its ready he’s already moved onto something else (e.g. the Fireman Sam breathing apparatus made from gaffer tape and a sausage tray).
These are some of the things we have made and which are still surviving…