A box came in the mail the other day. Someone snatched that up right quick. I won't say they don't like actual toy toys because we have a metropolis of Calico Critters that says otherwise. Still, you can't beat a good supply of completely open-ended raw materials.
A friend has a daughter who is an art therapist today. She was saying that in her inpatient settings oftentimes art is the one area the client has complete decision making control. I hadn't really considered that until that moment. I do know children often are unable to make a lot of decisions for themselves. We take for granted that we present to them the food they will eat and tell them where they will go that day or what to wear that will be most appropriate. Those are not necessarily bad things. But its nice to be able to build in opportunities for safe experiences of autonomy and utter freedom of expression where we can.
They like to make decisions too.