One of my now eight-year-old’s artistic triumphs was a robot he built in pre-school.
He was three at the time and as I arrived to pick him up – batting away the wafting scent of Pinoclean and urine that seems to greet you each afternoon – he stood there proudly displaying what would in hindsight prove to be a high point in his artistic career.
It was a robot only around 30cm high but carefully put together with tampon boxes some diligent pre-school mum had donated. Each month she collected up all her empty tampon boxes and when she had enough to donate them to the pre-school craft corner there she had deposited them in the large box overflowing with empty-toilet roll holders, yoghurt containers and egg and milk cartons. My son, drawn to the brightly coloured floral design on the small cardboard boxes had seen what many others had not seen.
Not rubbish. But robot legs.
Preschools are banning certain craft materials. Image via iStock.
This was only five years ago and at the time no one thought twice that any of these products could one day be top of the list of BANNED items at pre-schools.
Yep – empty toilet roll tubes, egg cartons, sanitary product containers, milk or yoghurt containers, polystyrene meat trays, empty peanut butter jars all contraband.
It’s all a part of navigating this brave new world of high allergy children.
Play-dough and pasta have now been added to the list. Image via iStock.
Over the weekend we were all tempted into mass hysteria when news that play-dough and pasta have now been added to the list.
The Sunday Mail reports that the rise in allergies has affected the way many Queensland centres operate with traditional items such as play-dough banned.
One mother said: “Whatever happened to letting kids be kids?”
“For those who choose to live that lifestyle, why should our children have to miss out? … I just think people are taking things far too far these days.”
The weekend paper proclaiming the death of childhood. Image via Facebook.
Wilston Grange Kindergarten director Robbie Leikvold told The Sunday Mail there has been a “huge escalation of allergies” among children.
“We’re talking nuts, gluten, lactose – even insects – so we are constantly cautious of how the children play and eat.”
Another centre manager from Amaze said problems arose when parents self-diagnosed their children with allergies.
“I would be questioning whether the children have been diagnosed with a qualified allergy specialist,” Lucy Cook said. “Despite this, there are some children whose families have made lifestyle choices based on culture or medical reasons so we need to be respectful of that.”
A startled commenter on social media proclaimed it was the "nail in the coffin of childhood."