Today we have as a guest Louise from Messy Little Monsters who will share 7 different ways to play with a thing everyone surely have at home – a blanket:
I’m really excited about sharing 7 ways to play with a blanket, one for each day of the week. We have a room full of toys but so many of them are left untouched. Harry loves imaginative games and a simple blanket has so many possibilities. You will notice lots of these activities also feature Harry’s cuddly toys, one of the few toy that find their way out of the toy box and onto our sofa every day.
Day 1: Build a simple den
We love making dens and this blanket den is simple enough to make (and take down) in a minute. We just bring two chairs into the lounge, throw a blanket over the top and we have a cosy little den. Harry (age 3) loves collecting all the cushions and cuddly toys from around the house and filling his den with them. He often gets so carried away and forgets to leave room for himself!
Day 2: Play hospitals
Playing doctors can keep Harry entertained for ages. Doctor Harry loves tucking up his teddies and using his doctor kit (affiliate link) to make them better. What he loves even more though is becoming the patient, tucking himself up under a blanket and waiting for Doctor Mummy to come and make him better.
Day 3: Become a superhero
Harry is a huge superhero fan (with Batman as a definitely favourite) He loves taking on the role of a superhero and going off on adventures to fight villains and save the world. He loved his blanket cape and it helped him really get into his role, (I had to be the bad guy of course!).
Day 4: Have a teddy bears picnic
What child doesn’t love a teddy bears picnic? We often lay a blanket down, collect a few cuddly toys and have a jam sandwich picnic together. Here we are having a yummy chocolate picnic and learning to count and recognize numbers at the same time.
Day 5: Sing and act out nursery rhymes
After tucking Harry’s toy into a blanket, we sang the nursery rhyme ten in the bed (affiliate link). This was great number practice for Harry and he loves singing, but the highlight was definitely the teddies falling out of the bed (which Harry thought was hilarious). These ten in the bed puppets would really bring this song to life (affiliate link)
Day 6: Sail off to a far away island
After laying our blue blanket on the floor Harry decided the blanket was to be the sea with cushions as boats. He really used his imagination and got into the idea of sailing off to a far away island. His cuddly toys and Daisy (6 months) boarded the boats and he loved making sure they all had dinner (which he decided was potatoes!)
Day 7: Relax and watch a movie
Who wouldn’t love relaxing on the sofa under a blanket whilst watching a movie? We made some yummy biscuits, Harry got himself cosy and we enjoyed cuddling up together. Perfect!
Hello, I’m Louise and I am delighted to be joining in with Mihaela’s ‘Less Toys. More Play.’ series.
I blog at “Messy Little Monster’ and I would love you to pop over to see all the crafts, activities, and adventures I get up to with my little monster Harry (3) and his baby sister Daisy (6 months). You can also find me on facebook and pinterest
I am a primary school teacher and I LOVE anything arty, Harry loves making a mess and Daisy just smiles at everything. We have lots of arty, crafty, messy fun together and I would love to share our creations and activities with you. You might be interested in our easy to make dragon puppets, our simple DIY teepee or our collection of 35 superhero ideas.
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.