A secret stash. A special place. A hiding space. Lifting a treasure box lid is akin to opening a book. Reading its contents tells the story about the bearer of its precious hold. Our childrens' treasure boxes hold special treasures kept within—shells, stones, dice, pewter game pieces, pennies, a silver cross and bits of clay. The wonder of a child's propensity to collect. They all do. And, goodness comes from this universal habit of children—
photos above: The trinket box in the first image was decorated with Japanese paper tape, inside and out. Our daughter added her monogram to the lid of the box with this delicately beautiful tape. She also used her Japanese Washi tape to embellish her treasure box in the second photo. Her Japanese tape would be one of her treasures too. Her treasure chest in the second photo is also decorated with clay and stones. Her most intriguing embellishment? The mood ring chart attached to the trunk's lid. Perhaps every child's treasured treasure chest should have a mood ring chart handy.
the goodness of collecting
When a child collects, they often go back to their collections—admiring and fingering the pieces. Collections can be like a photo album, reminding them of things done, places they've been—those objects are also a collection of memories. Children do not need a treasure chest to keep their collections in—a scrapbook, sketchbook, designated memory drawer, jars, or a photo box also make wonderful collection keepers. heather cahoon • wordplayhouse®