Play Time!

Boredom doesn’t have to be contagious. It takes only a little imagination and some ingenuity to turn a quiet afternoon into a day of play! Here are three great options for turning your home into an idea factory!

1. Create a Craft Station

Simply outfit a plastic container or shoebox with some finger paints, a smock, a stash of crayons, and glitter glue. Then make sure to have a roll or pad of craft paper handy. It doesn’t require fancy materials to turn a quiet, unexciting afternoon into a zealous crafting session. The potential is endless. You can personalize each craft station to match your child’s interests. For example, if your daughter loves to dress up, then it would be great to have a jewelry making kit! Or, if your son enjoys playing with toy vehicles, a paint-your-own Thomas the Tank Engine would be a fantastic option.

2. Puppet Show

Either full sized or finger puppets are available to create engaging stories for your children. Encourage them to write a story and act it out with puppets. Use different animals and characters to act out different lessons and stories. It’s a great way for children to learn about animals and their habitats, too! Simply pair a book about whales with a matching puppet.

3. Build a Fort

I used to build forts all the time when I was little! It was so much fun. There was nothing more entertaining than creating a tent out of sheets and clothes pins, where I could hide out and read, play with toys, and eat fun snacks. It’s a great way for kids to exercise their imagination.

And of course, there’s always Monopoly….

Visit Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s, in-store or online, for more fun and ways to beat boredom on quiet afternoons.

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January 2011

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