I recently made a fresh batch of spoon oil (our poor wooden bowls were just about cracking). Quinn promptly set up this little polishing station for he and Pan to work on their wooden train tracks -- cleared the bench (that usually catches the overflow of winter coats and vests), laid out towels and gathered a couple of tracks for each of them -- all on his own. It made my heart so full and warm, to see him set about this work so earnestly.
All three of the boys have been doing a good deal of building lately -- a play pen and fenced play yard for Pippi, hooks for all our winter gear. Pan, especially, has been keen on designing and constructing. Whereas they used to be impatient to get the tracks built so they could get to work playing with the trains, now the laying down of tracks and bridges and stations process can go on for days and days. As he has a birthday coming up (FIVE!), we're putting together a set of real, small-hand-sized tools that Pan can use to realize his creations.
Sebastian and I are both such "do-ers" -- it makes perfect sense that the boys would be, too.
PS: I think I'll try Heidi's coconut spoon butter, next. Do you have a recipe you prefer?