I am certainly beginning to tire of the rain and the lack of outdoor play time….even I have my limits as to how many times a day I can change wet, muddy twins even if they are having fun and I love messy play as regular readers know!
However….the positive spin on this is that I am having to get even more creative with fun ideas that don't entail paint and glue all over the walls inside! I enjoy finding items we already have around the house and turning them into an open ended play activity.
An activity the toddler twosome really seemed to enjoy this week (and I judge that by the fact that they sat and played with it for over 20 minutes with very little input from me!) was Pebble & Ball Basket Play. We went out to the back verandah, listened to the birds, watched the rain come down and played!
Very easy to set up…..I went around the house collecting different baskets they enjoy playing with (all from the op/thrift shop and very, very cheap!) and pulled out a bag of large, flat, smooth decorator pebbles that I had picked up from the discount shop a while back for $2. I put them into a wooden tray, added some ping pong balls and watched to see what the twins would do!
Straight away the toddler twosome started arranging their baskets and adding pebbles and balls…..
Back to work…Ruby discovered they made a great noise when you tapped them together….
Lots of pointing and counting…..
These baskets were the best find in an op shop I have had for a long time….the girls have had such enjoyment from them over the past year and I am always filling them with different items that they like to discover. The beauty is I can change the contents and leave them ready for discovery after a nap time, incorporate them into pretend play, take them away for a while to be discovered with glee a few weeks later, leave them out empty for the girls to fill with their special things of the moment and then cart around for the day or use them to collect the eggs!
Do you enjoy using things you have found in op (thrift) shops or around the house with your children as items of play and discovery? I'd love to hear about your favourite finds!
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Jodie Clarke is an early childhood professional supporting educators who want and need to stay passionate about the work they do! She has 30 years hands-on experience in the early childhood and human services sectors across many different roles.
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