Cardboard, Tape, and Rags

Use a few simple household items to create a pretend playscape for the kids.

animal habitat

It was grey and cold today, and I pulled out the tape and created some paths (directed by Emma) for an animal habitat of their small plastic animals. We cut up a cracker box (and turned it wrong side out) to make tunnels, and used fabric scraps to “spruce things up”: blue jean pockets to serve as barns, circles cut out of the same pair of jeans for water, a bit cut out of a pair of Mike’s old dockers for a beach, and a piece cut out of a shirt with bleach stains for some grass/forest. The flower print “meadow” is the only new piece of fabric that we used, and it was a scrap from a pair of shorts I made for Emma a couple of years ago. Later on we added a piece of an old white towel to use for snow (Emma’s suggestion). Even Lily wanted to play:

playing with the "big" kids

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

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