I like to put random things out on the table from time to time to encourage Gerrick to experiment with art. Some may call this a provocation; others may call it strewing the environment; I like to call it putting some stuff on the table. More times than not he completely ignores it, and I end up putting it all away so we have room to eat dinner. Yesterday after lunch I put these things out...
It all sat untouched for 4.5 hours. But as I was prepping dinner, he noticed it, "Hey, what's all this?"
"Oh, that's just some stuff I thought you might like to experiment with." (Bingo.)
Busy, busy, busy...asked for a toothpick.
Then he asked for a whole box of toothpicks and made a puffer-fish.
Then he painted his hands and said that he was trying to make his skin look reddish like an Indian.
Some people may think that this kind of play isn't important and is just making a big mess. I disagree because "the lessons we learn during play, we apply when we are working to create something important to us." (Camp Creek Blog)