Imaginative Play: Sand & Sea

Imaginative Play Scene - sand and sea

Imaginative and outdoor play are a priority when it comes to facilitating play opportunities for my kids. Combining them together is gold. We visited the beach a couple of weeks ago and then I created a beach scene for the kids to play with at home. It's really so easy and cheap to set up and here is how I did it: Materials Underbed Storage Container (or other plastic container) Play Sand (you can get bags from Bunnings and places like … [Read more...]

DIY Frozen Ice Skating Rink (for play)

Toy - Frozen Ice Skating Rink

This is a gorgeous addition to play, especially for the warmer months, and it costs nothing to set up!  It's a great activity idea for Disney Frozen fans! What you need Plastic (freezer friendly) rectangle container - as big as can fit in your freezer Water Plastic figurines (Pictured is a Schliech Aguya Ice Skating girl and I found the Ice Tree at a discount shop)  Large towel (to lay it on or do outside on the … [Read more...]

Imaginative Play: Construction Sand Box

Construction Play Scene for Kids

I enjoy creating small world play scenes for my kids. They are surprisingly easy to set up (read this handy post by Kate at Picklebums for tips).  Another great thing about this sort of play is you can set it up and it sparks the children's imagination and I find they tend to play for hours; great for the weekend and holidays.  You can find previous play trays we have done here: Imaginative Play Scenes. My son loves the sand … [Read more...]

Imaginative Play: Paver Roads

Imaginative Play - Paver Roads

A few years ago, I put together a rock play garden for my son.  I found cheap pavers and we decorated them and used them as a garden border.  I noticed the kids often used the pavers in little backyard games they made up, and I made a note to buy more (they are really cheap!).   We don't have room for a sandpit but my son, especially, loves the sand and he often comes home from school with shoes full of it! We created a … [Read more...]

Make a Fairy House (out of natural materials)

nature fairy house

Guest Post from Zanni Louise from My Little Sunshine House It was one of my first sleepovers. I was about eight. I laid awake, restless. Excited. “Do you think it’s dark enough yet?” asked my friend. We pulled back the covers, and with torches navigated our way through the living room, and into her back garden. We looked under the table, we lifted leaves and we peered into bushes. No fairies. “They probably don’t like the torch,” I … [Read more...]

Imaginative Play Scene — Island

Imaginative Play Scene -- Desert Island

I confessed that I don't get down and play with my kids all that often, but I do constantly facilitate and watch them play.   One of the things I enjoy to do is help set up play scenes for the children.  I was first inspired by this concept by Kate from Picklebums and I highly recommend this post from her: Imaginative Play at Home. Fostering imaginative play is important to me as it's evolving play: it starts with the building phase, then the … [Read more...]

Imaginative Play Scene — Tree House

imaginative play scene -- tree house

Kate from Picklebums first introduced me to the concept of Imaginative Play Scenes. Since then, the kids and I have a lot of fun creating environments for the kids to play in. Setting up a play scene doesn't take a lot of time and the play benefits last over days.  Pop over and read Kate's post for some more ideas: Imaginative Play at Home. Imaginative Play Scene -- Tree House Materials: Box Paint (optional) Patty Cases Other items to … [Read more...]

Creative Kids: Just Add Flowers

Just add flowers

I opened my email this morning and read a post from Kate (Picklebums) titled Imaginative Play At Home.  In the post, Kate shows easy ways to set up open-ended imaginative play spaces for children.  I felt inspired as this reinforces many of my own values when it comes to children's play.  Something as simple as fake flowers, can open up a world of imaginative play for children. Just add flowers...   What do you add to your child's play … [Read more...]