According to the girls there is one thing better than a new sewing machine and that is a sewing machine box. This box has been a plane, a bear house, a train and a doll's house and much more. It has been drawn on, thing stuck on it and the girls have played with it for hours.
I am sure I have quoted Hundertwasser before - Our illiteracy is our inability to create - and I would also add that our illiteracy is our inability to imagine. Sometimes I just wish for a clean tidy house. One where I won't break my leg just getting through the living room, but I try to remember that play is good and children creating and acting out stories is a good thing and much more important than a tidy and quiet house.