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Creative Kids: 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…

just add flowers

 

Activities for young children

What do you add to your child’s play to stimulate the imagination?

For more play ideas, check out this week’s We Play link- up at  Childhood101.

Be A Fun Mum Links

Goop

Wood Picture

A Fairy’s Home or a Pirate Trap

Snowman Without the Snow

Paper Dolls

3D City Skyline

The Best Dad For Me

Balloon Fight Fun

Nature Hunt

Op Shop Cubby

A Pile of Straws

We Play: Blu Tack

Inhibiting Play

Make Scramble Eggs Tonight, Have Fun Tomorrow

External Links

Natural Parenting: Pretend, Make Believe, Imagine, Play, Learn

Imaginative Play at Home

Childhood101 We Play

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Julie
    March 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Hi Kelly,

    My kids are very much at the “want to be like mummy” stage (well, my daughter wants to be like mummy, and my son wants to copy his big sister). All they need is a broom and a dustpan/ brush and they will be occupied for at least 20 minutes (which is pretty good going for a 20 month and almost 3 year old I think!)

    They also like playing with water spray bottles and rags, plastic bowls, cups and spoons, dirt (I’m not sure how I feel about this one!), play-dough with paddle-pop sticks or candles…

    The TV remote controls frequently become telephones and I hear “hello…oh hi…yep, yep, yep, ok…bye”. I wonder if this reflects my telephone style?

    • Reply
      Kelly B
      March 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      Dirt is fantastic!!! And thank so much Julie for all the other ideas too! My kids do the telephone thing too. Cute.

  • Reply
    katepickle
    March 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

    ooooh a florist shop!!!
    It’s so easy to encourage imaginative play we just need to remember how to think with our imaginations!
    What a fab list! I’m saving that and printing it off!

    • Reply
      Kelly B
      March 23, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks for inspiring me Kate. I needed that.

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