Our make shift open-ended play activity you can copy: wood, nails & elastic bands
We thought we needed more of a challenging activity today, so we decided to look for wood, a hammer and nails to see what we could make. Immediately the association with elastic bands came as I recalled seeing this somewhere before.
Hammering is a natural practice, if you think about it, even babies practice that pounding movement with their hands, so I was intrigued to see how interested my kids would be with this.
How my oldest son did with this open-ended play activity
My oldest son started hammering and pounding the nails immediately and with almost no assistance, and only needed assistance at the beginning of the process to mark and push the nails a little so that hammering could begin. Hammering, to me, is like whittling. It involves your whole body and brain to be present, and yet it can be very calming.
Once he was satisfied with all the nails placed in the piece of wood, he started exploring with the elastic bands, choosing particular colours, making geometric shapes first, then creating scenarios that included boats and birds (it reminded me of origami shapes), then he moved onto completely abstract stuff and all of this was a process of doing–undoing-redoing and it kept on for nice long time.