Play is so important for kids, it is where the majority of their learning takes place in the younger years. Sadly, play is rarely a priority these days and instead is viewed as something that happens when everything else is finished. However, by prioritizing play for your kids, you will help foster the creativity and curiosity that will follow them the rest of their lives. Make sure some days you don’t just set it up and leave, instead get involved in their world. The laundry or dishes can wait, the time you spend playing with them will be building a strong relationship and creating lasting memories.
Most of these ideas involve very little in terms of supplies, instead it takes just a few minutes of preparing the “stage” to play. Sometimes all your little ones will need is the spark of an idea and they will take it and run. My kids love when I set up something different and can usually get lost in it for hours or days.
Don’t underestimate the importance of playing outside either! Often times, being outside is enough of a spark for kids but if you’re looking for something a bit more structured, check out the ideas below.