Blankets provide your family with warmth, but they can also be used to spark imaginative play. The power of imagination is incredible. Do you remember placing a blanket over chairs or a table and creating a secret fort when you were a kid? Children can still use these items to create forts but they could also use many toys found in their playroom to create these magical hangouts. Here are some toys that we thought would make some pretty cool forts:
A large blanket can be placed over top of the climber and kids can pretend to be camping out in a tent in the desert or in a rocket ship ready for takeoff. Little ones can also place a blanket on top of the platform, stairs and slide to crawl underneath and pretend they are at the bottom of a ship or hanging out underground.
Place a blanket over the table and this fort can fit two small kids underneath. You can supply your children with a flashlight and they can tell each other stories during a sleepover! For extra room, place chairs on each side and kids can spread out to enjoy the comfort of their brand new fort.
As always, Step2 recommends adult supervision during playtime. What toys have your children placed blankets over to create a fort?
Children today observe their parents watching television, playing video games and spending time on the computer. If you are hoping to entice your toddlers to spend time with imaginative play instead of TV and technology, consider purchasing an activity table. Toddlers love to get their hands dirty and create using their imagination. There are many different activities to choose from including sand tables, water tables and game tables.
If you cannot take your grand-kids to the beach every weekend, or if you live in a cooler climate, the next best thing is a sand activity table for toddlers. This table can be placed inside or outside depending on how much mess you are willing to deal with. The children will love making castles, creating roads and building mountains all within the table. If you enjoy getting your hands dirty along with the kids, you will love the elevated structure so you don’t have to get up and down off of the floor. The activity table is at a perfect height for your toddler and she will love spending hours playing in the sand instead of watching television or playing video games.
Another great way to set limits on TV and technology time is with a water activity table for toddlers. If you already have the sand table or you are worried about a mess, the water table will be great. If your son or grandson loves to float toy boats in the bathtub, you will love the convenience of a simple water activity set in the playroom or in the backyard. Children love to spend time outside when the sun is shinning and weather is warm. Give the kids hours of fun with a durable water table and shut down the computer for the rest of the day.
To lure the children away from the television, putting a fun game table inside or outside will do a great job. If you have two or three toddlers who enjoy playing simple board games, pretending to have a tea party, or working on art projects, a large activity table will be a good use of space. Not everyone wants to have the kids’ toys all over the family room or dining room, with a small activity table you will be able to entertain the little ones without making your house look like a daycare.
Setting limits on technology and television time is important to keep children active and using their creativity. There is a time and a place for television and technology and children should be allowed a small amount of time with electronics. As a mother or grandmother, you will want to encourage the kids to play outside with sand, water or art supplies and let their imagination run wild.