I am joining a wonderful group of bloggers to celebrate play as part of a blog hop called 100 Days of Play. There are, literally, 100 ideas of how to play with your kids! Go check out the other blogs, listed at the bottom of this post, and find something fun to do with your kids. Today, I bring you a simple environment for play:
A few months back we took a day-trip up to the nearest Ikea to look around and get a number of things. We ended up buying only one of the things we went to buy, but it was a wonderful purchase. We got the girls a small white play table and two chairs.
G immediately loved playing on the table and sitting in the chairs “like a lady.” We have already gotten so much use out of it.
But the other day, I looked at it and had an idea and I am so happy with how it turned out.
We are currently working through a farm unit in our One Year Old Preschool, so I thought it would be nice to create a farm environment on her table to teach her about farming and a little bit about how a farm works.
After the girls were down for bed, we got to work on our project. It was surprisingly easy. We used three items:
contact paper and
We made a road down the middle of the table, a pasture with a pond on one side of the table, and a field and pen on the other side. We simply folded and tore the construction paper and taped it down on the table. Then we carefully overlaid contact paper on top to protect it from the intense play of a 22 month old girl. (Tip: cut the contact paper to length, remove the backing (you will want someone to help you hold it so it doesn’t stick to itself) and (again, with the help of a partner) lay it over the construction paper. It is very forgiving, but you don’t want to continue to remove and reapply it, because it will lose its stickiness.)
We couldn’t wait for G to see it when she got up in the morning. And she LOVES it. The contact paper protects the surface and she will be able to play with it for all the weeks we do this farm unit. And even better: when we get finished with the unit, the scene will be easily removed and the table will be unscathed.
I figure you could so something similar to this with just about any scene you like. I think this idea would definitely translate well into a car theme table top or a train table top. What do you think?
Sharing simple ideas on how to connect with your children through play!
New ideas shared each day from 4/1 – 7/20.