Changing it up for play

Periodically I realise we’re in a play rut 

I’m a huge believer in offering resources repeatedly as this provides the opportunity for the initial obvious play to be exhausted and new creative variants to commence. 

But there are times when it all needs a freshen up. I try and think about my philosophy,  her needs and interests then adapt or replace accordingly. Best time is when she’s asleep as I can move things without her under foot. 

The kitchen is still a favourite so it’s staying. I just tidied it up and moved it to a new spot.  

She has a new found interest in drawing so I’ve brought out the table easel. As much as she loves the textas I’m a bit over her texta tattoo look.  Hence I’ve brought out the oil pastels. She went straight for the drawing area as I suspected. 

The princess play tent thoughtfully set up as a musical instrument and book hide out was immediately rejected. “My castle is closed!” she said promptly pulling it off.  “I want my princess castle on the rug please”. She’s now hosting a tea party. “would you like dinner Peppa?  Here’s the menu.  What would you like?”. Now she’s in the kitchen preparing food for Peppa who’ll has ordered kiwi, strawberry and orange. “I made this for you Peppa,  This is your dip, I made it for you.  You need a fork”.

The new spot experimenting with its loose parts play on a mat. I think it looks inviting but it wasn’t as inviting as the drawing or the princess castle tent. 


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