Monday, April 14, 2014

Indoor Play

Spring is here and while we welcome it with open arms, there are still those times when kids cannot go outside for whatever reason.  This can be extremely difficult and lead to frustration, especially for toddlers and preschool age children who need close supervision or for kiddos who are stuck in a hospital bed either on isolation or unable to get up to the playroom.  The best thing to do is prepare for these days and have a few activities tucked away for the perfect moment.

My sister created this perfect little set-up for my three year old nephew and he played with it for a substantial amount of time, but the best part was that he came back to it in between playing outside or doing other activities.  

All you need is a tray, some flour and a toy (or two) for a great distraction.  This tray was perfect because the flour could be moved from one section to another and it was deep enough to keep the flour in it.  Surprisingly, my nephew didn't try to push the limits or spread the flour everywhere - it is certainly a possibility which is why it is so important to consider each child individually before providing these materials for play.  However, despite the potential mess, it is easy clean up {just throw away the flour after each use} plus, if you know me, you know I love a little messy play once in awhile.

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