Fiddlebug has a treasure chest. It isn’t the one he and his friends use when they play pirates. It is even more special. He made it after he came to live with Mother and Father Dragon. It holds his favorite things. From time to time, Fiddlebug takes his treasure chest to his parents and together they go through it and smile over the memories inside. Some of the objects are “forever treasures, but sometimes things that were treasures once get moved out of the box and new things get added. Mother Dragon told Fiddlebug that this is because he is growing and the things he likes are changing. Fiddlebug – who is a very small dragon – likes the idea of growing, and he loves seeing how much the things he likes have changed each time he pulls the treasure chest out. Mother and Father Dragon love getting to know their little one all over again each time the box appears. It is a very special time for all of them.
Here are the directions for making your very own treasure chest:
What you need:
1 large shoe box
Enough plain paper to cover the shoe box
Glue or tape
A current picture of yourself
Crayons, Markers, Paints or Glitter Glue to label your treasure chest
Extra special treasures to put into your box
What you do:
1) Cover the shoe box with the plain paper. This way you can decorate the outside of the box too, and as you grow you can change the decorations easily. I suggest using tape to hold the paper in place, but glue will work as well.
2) Glue or tape the picture of yourself onto the top of the box. Next time you visit your box, you can see how much you have changed!
3) Fiddlebug calls his treasure chest “Fiddlebug’s Very Special Treasures” and wrote it in glitter glue, but you can name yours anything you like and write it on with your favorite writing utensil.
4) Now for the extra special part. Add things that are special to you (but that you can do without playing with every day) to your box. Your treasures could be anything! Fiddlebug keeps a paper boat that won 5 races, his forever snowman, sand Father Dragon brought home to him, some toys he really likes, a photograph, and other things that are important to him in his.
5) When you have your treasures safely snuggled into the box, close the lid and find a safe place to put the treasure chest until you want to revisit it!
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!