I'm not sure about your child, but mine gets very tired of the same old thing. I am constantly rearranging his toys and furniture and hiding things away to be forgotten and then rediscovered. One tactic I use to keep the toy romance alive is to surprise him with new and novel things when he wakes up from his afternoon nap. I often set up a table with creative snacks or lay out a few toys in combination with items he hasn't seen before in an appealing and inspiring fashion. These could be twigs, rocks, flags, forts, bowls filled with water or stuffed animals with dress ups.
Yesterday, when North woke up, to his delight he discovered his kitchen had an array of edible and non-edible play snacks, including a little picnic table set up with a tea pot (filled with water), jam and crackers, ants on a log, green pea pods in a pot, black beans in a bowl, dried pasta, and a biscuit hidden in the oven.
After he shared his joy and excitement with me, he busily went about his business preparing a pasta dinner, feeding his doll, Billy and pouring cups of black bean tea and then pouring them back into the pot again. The beauty of simple surprises like these is that they inspire in him new vocabulary, experimentation with food and imaginary play, so that when he next enters his magical kitchen he will reenact the experience and build upon it.
Notice how he graciously shared the only vegetables with Billy.
What do you do to inspire creative play in your children? I'd love to hear your ideas.
Oh yes- for those that have noticed our semi-new kitchen set, we bought it second-hand on ebay. I am so excited about this purchase, it has added so much joy to our home and North's playspace for half the price of what a new wooden set might have cost.