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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!). […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]