All this fun with minimal supplies: hole punch, box or tub, paper hat.
Imaginiative Free-Play, lets talk:
I want to talk about Imaginative Free-Play. This form of play is very important to your child’s creativity and their imagination’s growth. This form of play involves props without a set script. This is an easy play-time to prepare for. Many pre-K and kindergartens have these play-stations setup and you can have one as well in your home. To do so is easy and can be incredibly affordable or as extravagant as you wish. In our home we have play boxes preloaded in our playroom ready for easy play. These boxes can be themed or not. They can be used as special activity time or as regular boxes available anytime. Things you can place in a free-play imagination box or kit can be:
Old Halloween Costumes
Play Food: plates, forks, bowls, soft play foods
(I love Ikea’s play food: www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/departments/childrens_ikea/18734/#)
Play Doctor Instruments
Small Animals Figurines or stuffed animals
Gardening tools: pots, plastic shovels, empty seed packets, soil
The list is endless. With just a few simple play boxes your children can be chefs, vets, doctors, farmers and so much more. You want to encourage the spirit of free thinking and creativity because this type of thinking will propel your children further in life. Creative thinkers do not need a script, they know how to write their own.