Playtime ideas: let’s play
Try out some of these playtime ideas with your family.
Make believe and dress ups
- Shops — play with empty food packets, pretend money, basket for shopping.
- Houses — play with baby dolls, pretend food, old telephones.
- Workshops — play with a table for a workbench, pretend tools, toys to repair, paper for writing ‘jobs’
- Vet/doctor surgery — play with toy animals, dolls, toy medical equipment, dress ups, ‘cages’ for animals, ‘pretend medicine’, paper for writing ‘scripts’, waiting room seats.
- Café — play with tables, chairs, menus, cutlery, plates, pretend food.
Dressing up your dress-up box
Role play and make-believe games help children to understand the world through mimicking experiences and trying out new ideas.
Here are some things you might want to include in your dress up box:
- hats, berets, caps
- long skirts and dresses cut to child’s ankle length
- low-heeled shoes
- men’s ties, shirts, pants and coats
- handbags, baskets, jewellery, shawls and stoles
- feathers, artificial flowers, pieces of material for capes and cloaks
- police, fire and construction worker hats and costumes.
Games for growing and strength
- Using puzzles — Lifting, turning, flipping and placing puzzle pieces
- Tearing materials — Strips of paper, card, newspaper, thin card, tissue paper, fabric
- Cutting with scissors — Straws, paper, wool, magazines, pictures, thin card, fabric
- Using playdough — Using utensils and cutters, rolling, pressing and poking
- Building things — Pressing, pulling apart and rotating Duplo, Lego or other construction equipment, or striking nails to join objects such as bottle tops to soft wood
- Dressing dolls — Doing clips, buttons
- Dressing up — Zips, buttons, opening purses, putting on shoes
- Threading — Thread pasta, straws, paper clips, paper (with a hole punched through) onto string or wool
- Weaving — Tie and twist wool, paper pieces, fabric, string or feathers through mesh or branches