For the last five or six years, I’ve been dreaming up games and activities for my littlest girl. I love being one of her favorite playmates, but it has become clear to me lately that she needs to be able to play on her own just a little bit more.
To encourage her to play on her own (and give mom a little break), I put together some playtime kits. I used some bright pink bins I already have and started grouping things we had around the house. Here are some kits I made:
- Play money and coins
- Money board game
- Toy cash register
- Price tags
- Paper grocery bags
- Kid’s microscope
- Microscope slides kit
- Tasty science kit
- Sea shell collection
- Rock collection
- Beads and pendants
- Mini pliers
- Knitting needles
- Paper doll kit
- Mini weaving kit
- Mini weaving loom
- A few half-finished craft projects we never got around to finishing
Sure, these are toys and items we already had, but somehow putting them together in a kit made them more interesting! I found that it is even more exciting when some grown-up (but safe) items are added. For instance, I added some of my beading tools to her jewelry-making kit and some of my craft glue in her handicrafts kit.
I plan to switch these around in a few months when she’s grown bored with them. In my house, I already have the makings of a play-cooking kit, a sculpting kit, and a photography kit. I’m also thinking any one of these could be a great gift idea!
What do you have in your house that you could turn into a playtime kit?
Angela tries a little bit of everything as she homeschools her two girls and is finding that she’s not as smart as she thought. You can catch her blogging at Angela Mills.
photo by Angie @ Many Little Blessings