Play Inspiration

We live and breathe play and getting creative, but as I know all too well sometimes it's hard to get into the play mindset. Quality time doing activities with little ones has so many benefits, but trying to keep thinking of ideas can be a challenge! Not to worry, we have loads that you can take inspiration from and I've included a few of my favourites below. 
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Messy Play is great for little ones for lots of different reason. Creativity building, fine motor skills, colour recognition, just to name a few. But I know that sometimes the idea of just giving little ones free rein can be a daunting. The worry being that you will spend more time cleaning up the messy play than the little one will spend playing. We found that a very simple yet effective fix for this is a play platter. Using one of our Mabie Makes Paper Rolls from our Arts & Crafts Hamper, cover your table. Then apply directly on to the paper the paint, glitter, crayons, pencils, paint brushes or what ever else you want to give to your little one to explore. They can then mark make, finger paint, and go wild. When they are done simply roll up the paper and dispose of it as you wish. If it's a master piece you can leave it to dry, cut it out and frame it. 
Kids imaginations are great. They can create whole worlds and adventures from just a few bits and pieces. Mabie can get toy overload. Bringing things back to simple objects and having no guide to what should happen is a great way to calm things down and help encourage independent play. Peg Doll Friends are great for this. They can be used as figures rockets, stamps, fairies... the list goes on. Because they are plain they can be put into any environment or play set up and its up to your little one to imagine how the can get involved.
I know it sounds silly but I really think colouring and drawing is really over looked. Whether colouring one of our colouring cards, one of our colouring banners or adding their thoughts to our activity book, colouring is a great way that little ones can get some quiet time. Time to enjoy their own thoughts. We have all seen the rise in adult colouring books, well there is a reason for that. Life is busy and filled with noise. Getting a moment of calm is important for all of us. Hopefully the added connection of sending letters or designing a banner for their room might get your little one to stop and enjoy the joys of colouring.

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