It occurs to me every now and then that I really don’t know what I am doing! Every day is a learning activity for me and the Robot. That’s what parenting is all about, isn’t it?
Pinterest is one of my favourite places to play on-line. There is always so many useful playful websites out there to get ideas from. One thing that I spot all the time though is that these ideas are coming from parents that are or have been teachers. If not teachers, trained in some sort of early years capacity. It’s no wonder they come up with lots of fab ideas.
I am not trained in childcare at all. I take pleasure playing with my son. As I suppose you do too, but I want to prove that ANYONE can do these fun things with their kids! The messier the better I say, but it doesn’t have to be messy all the time…
Today we are inviting you to PLAY!
An Invitation to Play
The Robot pretty much trashes the lounge when he is in it. All the toys come out of the box, things are thrown about, played with, chewed, hidden, trod on, you name it, it gets done.
One thing we do for him when he goes off to nap is create an inviting environment for him to come back too. Setting the room up with his toys layed out in an attractive way. For example:
His Duplo we break down and leave it in containers for him to sort and select:
Things that stack or toys that require something doing to them we set up ready to smash down:
He loves his cars, so we set it up on his road map so he can play with them. Adding in a few oversized animals too:
We hide collections of things under blankets so when he lifts it up he gets a surprise:
The possibilities are endless but I find he plays better for longer when the room is more inviting for him. The room still looks trashed once he has finished but it was way more fun than having to sort through his toy box himself!
What things do you do with your little ones to help them play? I think I have only just touched the surface so I’ll welcome your ideas and please share them with us.