Here's a blast from the past - back from when we moved into our new house in Bombay and Ayaan insisting on saving a packing box from the trash:
At what age, do kids grow out of their fascination for cardboard boxes? Because at 7.5 years, Ayaan's love for them is still going strong.
We recently bought a new fridge and I was expressly forbidden from throwing out the gigantic box that it came in. He had decided that he was going to convert it into a house and with a little help from his friends, Tarana and his Ayesha Aunty, that is exactly what he did. Visitors to my home are currently greeted with this humongous box... sorry, house... dominating the landscape of my living room.
[And clearly he is not the only 7-year old with a thing for boxes. He invited his friend over to work on the house and his reaction was something like this: 'Oh My God!!! Ayaan!!! This is awesome!!! When you told me you had a new box, I did not realise that it would be sooooo BIG!!! This is soooo COOL!!!'. Apologies for the crazy exclamation marks but I really needed them to truly capture his tone - you could not have been faulted for thinking he had come face-to-face with divinity!]
Without much further ado, let me show you this work of art. Note that it is still work in progress and new elements keep getting added whenever the mood strikes.
The Front Door:
A peek inside reveals some thermocol 'pillows' and a rectangular piece of cardboard cut into a flat-screen TV, that has fallen off one of the walls
The Side View:
No dearth of colour on the outside of the house with the holiday spirit appropriately expressed. In case you were wondering, the pink blotches are Tarana's handiwork. A closer look reveals some hand prints in the bottom left corner.
The aerial view must be impressive too, right? This one features the Hindi vowels painted on by Ayesha who knows her young nephew has been having trouble with learning them. The roof also has a hole that doubles up as chimney and an opening for the human jack-in-the-boxes to pop out of:
The other side of the house features windows and a colourful 'nameplate', just in case there were any doubts about the ownership of the house.
Last but not least, there is a table. It was meant to be stuck on to the floor of the house but it keeps coming off.
It is amazing how much fun and creativity a single, though admittedly huge, cardboard box has brought into our house in the last couple of weeks. For all those parents who think their kids will get bored without their daily dose of TV, I have two words for you... you guessed it... cardboard box!