Working consists of shit collecting around the house (inside or out) and piling it all together in the biggest pile possible. "Working" is usually collected in the front of the house (of course it is in the front yard...the best way for us to look like total rednecks) I love it most when David arrives home from work on a good "work" day and starts to panic that this stage will never end. He actually starts to sweat when he looks around at all of the crap piles. David is afraid to do any projects because they will take and hoard his scraps. He pad locks the shed now so they can't empty it out. I am constantly going outside after I put them to bed with a garbage bag collecting crap and getting rid of it. There is no way you are able to take it away from them when they are in "work" mode. Favorite items of work are straps, packing material, empty cans or boxes.
Notice the yogurt box..that was a good day for them. They also pulled out the cash register from the basement...maybe to add up the value..... huh. They added a sponge bob tennis racket into the middle of the clutter.
We just got our shutters on our house installed and of course I did not get rid of the boxes in time. They each grabbed a box and went to the craft room to get their scissors and "work". The only way I got them to take a nap today is because I threatened them that I would throw away their "work" if they didn't go to bed. We should have a grand pile this evening after a couple hours of cutting and collecting.
It is so intense that the the last time we were up north at my parents house the boys all went thru grandpa's garage looking for "work". They became very attached to the scrap ends of some decking that grandpa had just put up. We ended up carting home a bucket of decking for Finn to "work" with. They have also been known to fill up the mailbox with their "work" and the nice mailman will just make a pile of stuff at the base of the mailbox so that he can continue to fill the mailbox with what it is intended to be used for.