Play Design

It’s hard to know what kind of mother you will be before becoming one. When my son turned 6-month- old, I was missing work, i.e. playing games, thinking about play and designing games. I then realized that I could become a play designer for my son. This was the kind of mother I wanted to be. I am sharing my tips, discoveries and play designs in hope to help parents (who do not, like me, think about play as a full time job) to entertain their young ones without spending tones of money and accumulating too much stuff .

Playroom’s Essentials

  • Large playing tent (Camper Play tent, Coco Village, now on Amazon)
  • Play Kitchen (KidsKraft)
  • 4 Large Wooden Boxes (Ikea Knagglig)
  • Bookcase (Ikea Kallax)
  • Wardrobe (Ikea Kleppstad)
  • Waterproof PlayMat (Reversible Ofie Mat)
  • Flip Sofa (Gus Modern)
  • Letterboard (Amazon)
  • Sensory Table (Ikea Flisat)
  • Black board paint

Sensory Tables

FISHING MONSTERS

  • Monster Stacker (Tender Leaf Toys)
  • Lentil (Any Grocery store)
  • Basket (Ikea)
  • Toy kitchen utensil set (Ikea Duktig)

VALENTINE’S DAY LOVE POTION

  • Heart-shaped ice mold (Amazon)
  • Red food colouring (Any grocery store)
  • Cardboard hearts (Dollorama)
  • Toy kitchen utensil set (Ikea Duktig)
  • Fabric rose petals (Dollorama)
  • Warm water

FIGHTING VIRUSES

  • Plastic lavabo with pump (Kid Connection)
  • Textured sensory balls (Konig Kids)
  • Toy kitchen utensil set (Ikea Duktig)

LAND & SEA

  • Plastic farm animals (Munchkin)
  • Plastic sea animals (Munchkin)
  • Cooked spaghettis with green food colouring (Any grocery store)
  • Water with gelatine and blue food colouring (Any grocery store)

POLAR BEAR

  • Fresh snow
  • Water with gelatine and blue food colouring
  • Arctic polar bear bath toy (Munchkin)

Pretend Play

FARM MARKET

FOOD TRUCK

METEO STATION

  • Fresh snow
  • Warm water with blue food colouring (Any grocery store)
  • Heater (don’t let kids play alone with it and leave it away from water)
  • Desk Lamp
  • My Weather Station (Moon picnic)
  • Plui Rain Cloud (Moluk)

Play Dough

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

upcoming

HALLOWEEN SCARY STUFF

  • White buttons
  • Small bones (Amazon)
  • Fake teeth (Dollorama)
  • Fake eyes
  • Play dough molds

PIZZA

PASTA

  • Tomato and oregano play dough (Jabberwocky Kits)
  • Pizza toppings sensory stone (Yellow Door)

DESSERTS

VALENTINE’S DAY COOKIES

  • Brown sugar play dough (Jabberwocky Kits)
  • Heart-shaped mold
  • Cardboard hearts (Dollorama)
  • Pink and white beads (Dollorama)
  • Heart-shaped beads (Dollorama)
  • Pearls (Dollorama)

Crafting

upcoming