With the weather cold and rainy here, attention is turning indoors when it comes to playing with little friends. Instead of meeting at a park or the beach, play dates at home are a back on the agenda. Yesterday Immy had a friend over to play. Well really, I had a friend over for tea and a chat and Immy got to play with her mate! I set up a few very simple activities for the children before our guests arrived. Fresh, homemade playdough for two (recipe here) …
A refresh of the art table with some independent use, low mess options
A BIG sheet of cardboard and the oil pastels on the floor (as Immy had enjoyed this activity herself the day before)
A game of indoor soccer
A wipe down of the chalk board and some favourite books displayed
and setting up a little farm on the big mat in the playroom. Our treehouse, home corner and the doll house were also put to good use and the other playroom toys were also available on their shelves but I like to take a few moments to set up an invitation or two to capture the interest of the children though invariably they end up taking the play in their own direction. Which is just as it should be 🙂
How do you prepare for a play date?
- An Invitation to Play: More Adventures with Goldilocks
- An Outdoor Play Invitation
- What Happens When You Follow a Child’s Interest?