31 days of unplugged play: stacking and building

Today’s unplugged play idea is stacking.

This is an activity that can be adapted to all ages:  babies love to knock things down or older kids might appreciate the challenge of building a card house.  There is a wide range of appeal and ability for this play idea.

Supplies and materials

Things to that you can stack:

  • blocks
  • plastic cups
  • playing cards
  • dominos
  • flat, smooth stones
  • shoeboxes

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31 days of unplugged play: junk mail art projects

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Today’s unplugged play idea is to create some art with a junk mail and other items.

Have fun creating art with items that might otherwise go straight into the recycling bin.  This is a neat project to do with your child.  When is the last time you sat down and made some artwork together?

Supplies and materials

  • paper, cardboard, yarn, foil, etc.
  • heavy paper or cardboard to create your art on
  • glue or tape
  • a bit of patience for the drying time if you’re using glue

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31 days of unplugged play: apple orchard playscape

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

We are continuing  our series on Unplugged Play. During week one, we set up a Story Themed Playscape for your kids.  Last week, we created a garden themed playscape.

Today we’re going to visit the apple orchard (at least via playscape, though this would make a fun unplugged activity before or after a trip to a real apple orchard).

What is a playscape? A playscape is simply a scene that is put together to inspire creative play around a theme. You are “setting the stage” so to speak.

Supplies and materials

  • something to use as “apples” (we had some felt apples, but you could use balled up socks, tiny play silks, make some from paper, etc)
  • a little basket, bowl, or something to “gather” with

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31 days of unplugged play: post office pretend play

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Today’s unplugged play idea is to create a pretend play post office.

This is a chance to learn about people in our neighborhood, practice some letter writing, order of events, and perhaps even work on memorizing our home address.  But, don’t guide this activity too heavily:  set the scene and see where your children take it.

Supplies and materials

  • paper
  • envelopes (I save junk mail envelopes for my kids)
  • cardboard or small boxes to act as packages
  • pencils
  • stickers to use as stamps, or draw your own
  • a shoe box to act as a mailbox
  • perhaps a bag or basket for delivering the mail

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Weekend links

Speaking of my sister site Simple Design, have you seen the two adorable giveaways Ari has going on right now?  One is for these adorable velvet pumpkins and another is for these stylish cloth diapersLove!  Take a peek over there and enter.

Have you been by our Pinterest lately?  I”ve been putting together some boards with ideas for Halloween, our Kids Gift Craft-along, my daughter”s birthday party, and more!  I”d love to “see” you over there.

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