"You're giving him that bag?" Cecily asked.
"Sure," I said. "What's he going to do with it?"
For the next twenty minutes, a paper bag was all our six month-old puppy needed for complete entertainment. By the time he was done, the bag was shredded, and he was happy to take a nap.
As I thought about my morning post, and what I had to say about the fun Okie had chewing up the bag, I remembered the wise messages from Alison Porcelli in a workshop I'd attended on Purposeful Play. Some of the messages in that workshop had to do with the importance of constructivist play, although I'd have to say that Okie is more of a destructivist. Children need materials to work with and invent things. Sometimes the best toys for developing creativity, innovation, and resourcefulness are boxes and paper bags.
Okie has plenty of bones and puppy toys, but isn't it amazing how much he loves a paper bag? And isn't it amazing what kids will build and invent with an assortment of materials and not a lot of direction?