Option 1: On a plain piece of paper, draw a rectangle to represent your “box,” as we saw in the illustrations in the read aloud. Next, transform your rectangle/box into a “not-a-box.” What can your box become? Be sure to add lots of visual detail to show what your box has transformed into. Then use whatever coloring materials you have to add color.
Option 2: Did your family have something delivered recently in a box? An old cereal box? Use this box to transform it into a “not-a-box.” What can it become? There are many supplies and household items that you can use to help transform it - colored paper, paper towel rolls, twigs or other natural materials, pipe cleaners, paint, glue, wire, etc. Be sure to add lots of visual details to show clearly what your box has become.
Create: You will be the architect of a new fairy or gnome home. An architect is a person who designs and draws buildings. You will draw the plans on your piece of paper in detail and then add color. You can focus on designing only the outside (exterior) or only the inside (interior) or can work on both.
• What is the house made of?
• Does it stand alone or is it built into the natural environment, like a tree trunk or cluster of rocks?
• Who lives there? What will they need for their house? What kind of rooms would it have inside?
• What would be around the house? A garden, a swing, a place to relax…?