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Top 5 Play Ideas of 2019

November 25, 2019

Children learn through play!

Play helps children to develop motor skills, communication, vocabulary, reasoning, creativity, and curiosity that will keep them learning throughout their lives.

But that doesn’t mean their play has to be complicated! Adding some new materials to explore will help children adapt their self-directed play to learn all these skills and more.

Read on for the five most-liked play ideas from BridgeWay’s Instagram this year.

Vertical 3D Painting

children painting egg cartons taped to a bulletin board
May 9, 2019

Little artists at work!! 🎨 Children love to be in the moment when it comes to creating. They are not concerned about a final product and instead focus on the process.

Pumpkin Play

shot from above of a young girl scooping seeds out of a pumpkin half
October 15, 2019

Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year and can be a great addition to your child’s play! Try adding pumpkins to your child’s art, dramatic, and sensory play. Pumpkins make for fun and interesting surfaces to paint and colour on, while the inside of a pumpkin makes for a new sensory experience!

The seeds provide a great opportunity to develop fine motor skills by picking up and rearranging them! Save those seeds for future creative play by adding them to playdough, a dramatic play area, art and more!

Sensory Bags

shot from above of a child's hands holding a clear ziploc bag full of gel and beads
April 16, 2019

Sensory bag DIY! -> Sensory bags are easy to make and all you need are objects from around your home. Fill a freezer Ziploc bag with water, hair gel, buttons, shaving cream or flour (truly anything you find) and tape the opening for extra security.

Loose Parts Playpen

shot from above of an infant in a colourful pen with pompoms and soft materials
March 29, 2019

Loose parts such as fabrics, pom poms, towel clothes pegs, and ribbons are great for infants to learn and explore!

Recycled Parts Robot

preschool aged boy standing with a styrofoam and cardboard robot craft
September 13, 2019

What might look like garbage to you, is treasure to a child! Reuse boxes, cardboard, Styrofoam and other materials you might otherwise throw away to create anything! Check out this robot made during our Play & Learn program 🤖

Like what you see here? Follow BridgeWay Family Centre (bridgewayfamilycentre) on Instagram for more great play tips in 2020!