I focus a lot on this website on reading and learning activities, but I in no way believe that those endeavors are more important than play. Giving my children the time and freedom for unstructured play is a top priority for me.
One of my hobbies is making “toys” out of recycled materials around the house and other very inexpensive ways to have some good old-fashioned homemade fun.
My first child was always so reluctant to get his hands dirty. Now that he’s going on 6, he’s finally learning to enjoy himself when we make these craft and play recipes. My second child is the polar opposite and has always loved making a mess.
I have loved playing tabletop games my entire life. Now that I have kids, not only do I have people who are always willing to play with me, but I know that games are a great way for them to learn important skills including good sportsmanship.
It’s important to me that my kids learn not to give up when something is challenging. These independent games are a fun way to teach kids not only persistence, but critical thinking and spatial skills as well.
All the Things
In case you don’t know where to start, here are ALL the fun activities and play recipes in this Play Ideas section. I hope some of it is helpful to you!