Kids don’t really need much to be entertained and in many cases, they would get more fun out of things we don’t even consider to be toys than with store-bought toys. Hope you have followed our Less Toys. More Play. series where we have shared many different ways to increase play time for kids with fewer toys.
Today we have as a guest Brittany from Love. Play. Learn. who will share with us different ways to play with 6 of these items we all have already at home, although their primary function is not to be play items:
I stumbled upon a parenting secret when my oldest was young: Kids don’t need a lot of toys. In fact, having a ton of toys can decrease play for many reasons including feeling overwhelmed by choices and toys that don’t encourage open-ended play. Not only this, but it often seems that the things that are not actually toys are the things that provide countless hours of play. I thought I would share of the tried and true common household items that are a popular play choice in our home.
Blankets and Pillows
You can make a fort or secret lair or fortress. Lay pillows on the floor and hop around on them and pretend that the floor is water or lava that you can’t touch. Make an indoor obstacle course.
Toilet Paper Roll
My children love to stack up empty toilet paper rolls to make towers to knock down or to roll a ball into them and try to knock them all down.
You can do all kinds of science experiments with common pantry items such as salt, vinegar, and baking soda. You could try a volcano experiment or a love potion.
If you are anything like me you have at least one box floating around from online shopping. I always make the joke who needs toys when you have a box? I am always amazed at the creative ways that my kids use a box for play. A spaceship, train, art canvas, a drum, and much much more.
You can go on a color scavenger hunt or you could gather some random things such as remote control, a whisk, etc into a little bin for exploration. My toddler loved when I just gathered up kitchen supplies like measuring cups, whisk, cookie cutters and just let her explore them.
Use plastic bins or containers and fill up with rice, beans or pasta for simple sensory bins.
I hope these gave you some ideas of how simple household items can inspire play!
Brittany is a mom of two who enjoy staying how with her two girls. She is also the founder of Love, Play, Learn, sharing kids’ activities, crafts, and fun that encourage learning through play. She has a passion for learning and play and is dedicated to creating a family full of love. You can follow Brittany on Facebook and Pinterest.
All 24 articles we will be sharing during February have been written by a number of prominent family-friendly bloggers (some educators, all parents). These articles will be collected and you will find them on our page Less Toys. More Play.
Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.