I have a desperate request for ideas, suggestions as to how to set up the home to support the imagination and stimulate the interest of a 7 year old. The problem is as follows.
My son gets home from school and says he’s bored. He seems to have lost the ability to play creatively, he seems to need Lego in order to be able to play (we currently bring the Lego out on weekends). We have blocks, trains, vehicles, animals, people, a treehouse he hasn’t really played with much. We have recently moved and are in a smaller space (for another few months). We also don’t have a backyard to just spill out into in the afternoons and go exploring – there is a communal backyard in which I’m encouraging some ball games, mucking about on the grass, etc, but we can’t make anything there or dig or… anything, really. He’s really missing his old backyard! So many adventures there.
I had thought of wooden knights/castle type set up ... I don't want to spend too much money on something he's not going to play with though...
I’m at a loss as to what to make available to him at the moment – I think I’ve heard of this transitional phase but I want to understand it more and how to deal with it. I will talk to his teacher but please anyone with ideas or comments….? Do they pick up creative play again and if so how, or what does it morph into? What sorts of things are they likely to need? I know this is an age for them to go into their interests more but I’m not sure he knows what he’s interested in yet. We do a bit of craft and music, but that’s directed. This has been a very stressful time for us all, so that’s affecting him as well, he needs an outlet through creative play, I think he would manage the transition better (move out of area, new school, new house), if he had that. At the moment his outlet is to stick his nose in a book and read read read (I caught him after lights out tonight delighting in his newly found skill and destroying his eyesight :).
I haven’t found a book that talks about this stage – there’s plenty out there for the early years, but what happens next? Any recommendations for a read? Any posts in the archives you can point me to?
Thanks so much!