This is probably one of those titles that makes you slap your forehead and says “Duh, of course. Why wouldn’t we?”.
But sadly judging from the way kids are now more exposed to TV, hand held games and computers, active and imaginative playtime is not always a given.
My older kids who used to spend hours creating with lego and blocks or just coloring would rather, given the choice, veg out in front of the TV or play games on the computer.
Good bye being active. Good bye imagination.
I was blessed with my fifth child. Since she was an infant, she could happily entertain herself for hours at a time. I have already posted how she can occupy herself for hours with post-its and ordinary household items.
She has spent more hours than I can count playing with plastic cups, shells, coins and dried apricot pits. (And a mini ceramic tea set.)
She loves my yoga mat and finds all different uses for it.
She loves lining things up, especially in rows. Water bottles on the couch (can’t find the picture) and of course cards.
She loves coloring and folding up papers. Like the million paper fans she drew and folded and lined up. (Told you she had an obsession with lining things up.)
She can have whole conversations with her dolls (and herself).
She has an imagination and makes her own toys. Like this fabulous launching device that sends the empty toilet paper roll launching across the room. (The key is making circular motions with the empty silver foil roll until small roll achieves lift-off.)
She loves balls.
She loves spinning.
And of course my little monkey loves monkeys.
Playing is hard work.
Every time I watch my little girl absorbed in play by herself (for hours at a time), happy and talking to herself, I smile and I think this is what all kids should do more of. They should use their imagination. They should be active participants in activities rather than couch potatoes.
Do your kids entertain themselves with every day items? Do they need to be entertained or do they play on their own? Do they like active playtime or do they prefer something passive like watching TV?
This post was inspired by the prompt of “Playtime” at The Gallery Week 22 run by Tara at Sticky Fingers.
You may want to check out some other great playtime ideas at the play academy.