Tuesday, July 13, 2010

simple play with nature

As I've mentioned before, I like to surprise North when he wakes up from a nap with an inspiring new play setting for him to discover. This week, I rolled out some homemade playdough that was getting past it's expiry date (we usually keep it in the fridge for about a month before throwing it our and making a new batch), went rummaging in the garden and through his toys and created this little set up.

His favourite part was the bonfire (he's been captivated by the idea of fireplaces ever since we visited the cabin). As we're toilet training at the moment he decided that my old spool was a toilet for his wooden man- it makes perfect sense, it's round and has a hole at the top, so I couldn't argue. I suppose everyone needs an outhouse in a forest setting. I pretend played for a few minutes with him, showing him my interpretation of the different features of the scene and then let him explore on his own for a while. That evening I simply rolled up the dirty, twiggy playdough and threw it out, and cleaned off any of his toys with warm water.

Do you have any quiet indoor activities you like to bring out to inspire creative play?

xo

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16 comments:

Leslie said...

we have some favorites but i think the one that wins over every family member, young and old, is painting rocks with water. we call them magic rocks, as they change color and begin to sparkle more when you wet them. like at the beach. that is where we collected the rocks as well, which was a fun process of its own. it keeps the kids occupied for a long time and we often bring it out for neighbors and friends when they are over. Just place it on a tray, rocks on ones side with a small dish of water and brushes. it is very soothing. there is something about brushing that water over the rock with a small paintbrush that we all enjoy.

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

love the outdoor toilet ;)

not sure if quiet is a word often used in our house, but sometimes to quieten things down a little I like to play a little classical music of the calm variety and the kids seem to slot into more quiet play. Generally around the evening when I am trying to cook dinner and things get a little crazy!

Little Ted Canvas said...

Such fun! Their little imaginations are just too adorable. I love watching & listening to my boys play, they come up with the best ideas. A lady said to me recently that it's a shame kids just don't play anymore with all the technology about. I'm so pleased to say that my kids ALWAYS play, with anything & everything they can find lying around. That's what being a kid is all about, they may be young but I've never heard an 'I'm bored' as yet...

Amy said...

What a cute idea! Playdoh is the best.
When I was a nanny we would have colouring-in time while I was making dinner. It kept the kids in my view while I cooked and calmed them down for dinner and the rest of the evening. It's not a new idea but I think the timing worked very well!

Jelly Wares said...

Gorgeous, just gorgeous!!! I do love me some creative play... :)

Hugs - Jodie

Sarah said...

I have just found your lovely blog - so many inspiring things to look at and read! My little boys loves to dig about in sand...I found a little tray and filled it with sand, pebbles, twigs, shells and birdseed. He likes to play about with it at the table while I cook dinner. We can chat, sing and discover while I get the dinner sorted and he is right by me. He is so much fun. Have a great day.

LJ said...

That is very cute!!! My girls have been playing with shells, rocks, sea glass and playdoh this morning. Its amazing what they come up with!!

Kristi said...

i just bust out the craft bin and they have at it. stamps, beads to makes necklaces, smelly markers, stickers, glue, finger paints. all the messy stuff that is saved for a rainy day. no direction just open creativity.

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

I usually just gently show/remind mine of their rainbow stackers....and once they 'see' them, they 'know' what to do. It's different every time.
Best value 'toy'!

Plain and Joyful Living said...

Forts seem to be our indoor creative play of choice on an indoor day - the cushions come off the couch and the sheets come out of the closet and the wooden play clips are gathered.
Thanks for sharing.
Warm wishes, Tonya

LashyLashla said...

I love to set up Fin's so that they are having his afternoon tea. He loves to sit with them and eat his snack. He is a little younger than North though xx

Lola Nova said...

My girl is 5 and our latest favorite game is "Treasure Hunt". She hasn't napped since she was two but, she does have quiet time in her room each day. While she has quiet time I hide a few "treasures" about the house. Then she goes on a "treasure hunt" for the items while I say, "warmer or colder" to guide her. Once all the treasures are collected (items like shells, pine-cones, rocks and toys) we then set up a "scene" with the items and create a story. Once we have started the story I can leave her to play it out alone for awhile.

I know it sounds involved but, it really is easy and fun and takes less time than you might think to get going.

Thanks again for sharing your play time :)

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

Thats a lovely idea for after a nap. That transition time for Little Monkey is always a bit hit and miss, maybe something like this would be a nicer way to wake up. Thanks for the idea.
For rainy days we have a box full of things that would usually go into recycling- toilet rolls, cereal boxes, egg cartons etc. I keep adding to it, and when ever I get it down they are always so excited to see whats in there and what they can make...usually rockets.

Ooty said...

That is a great way to share time together after nap around the house =)
We like to collect outdoor stuff and enter to play with it on clay in my studio as well, The kids love it!

Catherine Lowe said...

No! I've only done different play a couple of times. I love how you do this when he wakes, such a creative mama!
Will watch this space for ideas. But.. River is still crawling not really fiddling with toys properly age, if you know what I mean. I wonder if i check your archives I will find some suggestions??

Catherine Lowe said...

PS Love your rock painting with water idea Leslie!
We have played with rice & cereal for something different.

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