Do you think there is a gene for messiness? If so, I think my son had it when he was younger. From the time he was a preschooler, he was always inventing and deconstructing and building things.
He wanted to see how things worked and what was inside.
He could work a screwdriver long before he could write on paper.
With his head full of curls, he was a miniature mad scientist, always working on a dozen projects in his bedroom, oblivious to the clutter around him.
The main character in the story builds a contraption he calls The Tube Squeezer that is designed to squeeze toothpaste onto a toothbrush. But before he can make it work, he needs to find a key component, a marble that is missing somewhere in his messy bedroom. For the reader’s enjoyment, the marble is hidden in many of the illustrations, but the main character doesn’t find it until the very end of the story (and just in time to enter his invention in the state fair)!
In addition to being a really fun story, “The Messy Room” was designed to give students practice with prefixes. When you read the story, you’ll see that it includes interesting phrases such as:
As for my son, he eventually learned to limit his messiness to a single area, and he now keeps one of the neatest houses you’ve ever seen. He’s still a creator, a builder, a programmer, and all the other wonderful things that come with inventiveness. It’s been interesting to see it all unfold!
Can you relate with the main character of this story? Or do you relate more to his older sister?
Read more about the inspiration behind the short stories in the All About Reading program!