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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Boredom ...

No electronic games, no TV.
Little man was bored.
He got out his tin of marbles and retrieved a discarded shoe box from the bin.
Hours of concentration with scissors and reams of sellotape,
resulted in 'The Marble Bazaar' ...
All cut from the one box,
with a few additional decorations!
Shoot the marbles through the holes.
Collect points.
Buy magic carpets!
But snakes guard the bazaar.
Lose points if you hit one ...
Mum and dad enjoyed playing too!
A place to store your marbles at the back,
just pull up the door to release them ...
The sun shines on the Marble Bazaar ...
It's good for children to be bored.
Boredom inspires creativity.


28 comments:

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

What a clever Little Man. The game looks so much fun. I was a keen marbles player back in the day! xx

KC'sCourt! said...

Can I come and play........? I use to love my marbles when I was little, nothing spectacular as that, just rolling marbles down a long hallway.
Julie xxxxxx

Lazy Daisy Jones said...

Quite right too what a marvelous use of his imagination...can i have a go?
bestest daisy x

Maria said...

~ Imagination can sore to it's highest with a little bit of sticking and gluing...~ I used to love these times...Well done to your young folks! Be off with those game boys and computers etc!! Times like this are the most valued and cost the least...Happy days, Mrs VJ! Hugs and autumn kisses Maria x

Ethel Johnson said...

He deserves a Blue Peter badge. xx

Anne said...

This cheered me up! I thought most young children these days played on computers or electronic games systems. We had to use our imagination as kids and boy, we used to have great times. Good for your son!!

Primroses Attic said...

I loved this. What a creative mind.
I have kept my children.s marbles. And when they come out everybody wants to play,
Rosezeeta.

YeamieWaffles said...

Your son just has the best imagination Jane, so cool that he did this idea, you can tell he shares his mum's creative flair and talent!

ted and bunny said...

Boredom inspires creativity. . .ne'er a truer sentence!
I've done a little post about you on the Vintage at the Village Hall blog page
xx

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Brilliant, I loved laying marbles....beat the boys to a pulp! :) x

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Think that should say play!! :) x

Thea said...

What a great game, just shows where a little imagination can take you..I love marbles
Thea xx

Flaming Nora said...

I shall remember this next time my kids are bored. Rather than hide in the kitchen secretly trying to ring Barnardos to see if the will do a two for one offer on the pair of them, I'll give them the contents of the recycling box, scissors and sticky tape. I shall then lock the doors and run! By the time I return they will have created something amazing.

Jelly Jam said...

Ah, proper play - hurrah! We have numerous cardboard creations here and I wouldn't have it any other way. Ellie x

nilly said...

Great stuff! I totally agree about boredom - it did me no harm at all. I often wish Mums wouldn't cram every moment of their children's lives with activities, classes etc. It so often ends in rebellion too.

Willow said...

I loved marbles ~ until I lost all mine , as now my hubby keeps saying "Honey, you've lost your marbles " !

*Maristella* said...

Hi Marina.
I'm glad to hear you and I have a lot of nostalgia of England!
I've personally seen that you are a very caring and loving mother to your little man! ;o))
I hope to see you soon, hugs and kisses, *Maristella*.
(with translator)

Alessandra said...

toll agree with you!!! Let them get bored and then you'll see magic!!!!
xxxxx Ale

LaPouyette said...

Very, very lovely! And rather touching....! This post has lifted up my Friday!
Warmest greetings from the PĂ©rigord, karin

In My Wild Eden said...

What a creative and talented young man! I love all the wonderful details. I wish I could see it in person. I love it when kids come up with such amazing activities.

Jen said...

Oh that is fabulous--I love it. So creative and fun.

haggiz said...

Fantastic! Mine were the same when they were small, but as late teens they seem permanently attached to a games console of some sort. Really lovely to see your son using his imagination... so much detail! Julie x

Sopa Azul said...

Fantastic! I loved "The Marble Bazaar". I'll show it to my son (for when he feels bored)Good weekend! :D

Rosemary said...

What wonderful creativity has evolved from boredom - your little man has made a Marble Bazaar masterpiece. I wonder which country he had in mind when he decided on using dinars - I think that there are several countries which use them as their currency.
I did comment before but it seems to have disappeared into blogosphere - may be this time I will be lucky.

the woolly dog said...

That's such a heart warming post, he's really imaginative and talented. So many children never get the time to think, they're shuttled around from one activity to another and then 'baby sat' with electronic games.

Kristie Franklin said...

Marina,

That is so cool! Look at what little man created and just because he had nothing else to occupy his time with. What a wonderful creation! I think all kids should spend time using their imagination, creating things, reading and writing stories. There is so much kids can do to keep busy.

I loved marbles as a kid...I used to shoot them with the boys. We would pay for "keepsie's"...if you hit their marble they had to give it to you for keeps. I was always trying to win those large steely marbles. LOL Loved it and those "cat eye" marbles.

Rosetta said...

Mi piacciono molto i bicchieri e la brocca e gli altri vetri!Baci,Rosetta

Tammy Chrzan said...

Im a bit upset to pop over and see ive missed so many posts from you, is it me or is blogger seeming to change settings? I know of one other blog I also lost the feed to. Like it just didnt show up!!! But I found you again and I will hold on tightly!!
I love the little fort! Isnt it amazing how creative our children are when they have no electronic devices!!???
My brothers used to play with marbles... Ahhh the memories :)
Tammy x