5 More Infant + Toddler Favorites
Messy Play is awesome and it certainly has it place. However, there are days when I do not have the energy, time, or mindset to have two messy balls of paint on my hands. Furthermore, there are also many other wonderful ways to play, create, and discover. Here are 5 of our less-messy favorite ways to play:
1. Pretend Play: the older they get, the more time our twins spend pretending. The doctor play basket pictured above was in constant use for weeks. It was stocked with an ace wrap, bandaids, small jars, gauze, and empty infant medicine syringes. We had very well cared for family members and stuffed animals. Baskets like this are cheap and easy to put together, but go a long way in stimulating pretend play. The topics of their pretend change, but it is always one of their go-to activities.
2. Exploring New Art Materials: I wrote this post about watercolors a while back and this one about oil pastels. Throughout the year we have explored a wide range of materials in different ways. These simple invitations to create are one of their favorite art activities.
3. Drawing Prompts: Depending on their interests, we have had a range of drawing prompts this year. Many of them having to do with trains due to their fascination with this topic. Drawing prompts always grab their attention and pull them to the table in the afternoons.
4. Obstacle Courses: this up and down obstacle course was one of their favorite things to do this winter and an absolute life saver for me. We had one of the longest, coldest winters on record in Wisconsin this year and my active two year olds needed gross motor outlets. This one was easy and a ton of fun.
5. Contact Paper Collages: We have done many collages with contact paper, but this fall tree one was our favorite. They put on leaves, took them off, and put them on for over a week. It was also a cheerful window decoration.
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