31 days of unplugged play: a garden playscape

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

We are on day ten in our series on Unplugged Play.  Last week one of the activities was to set up a Story Themed Playscape for your kids.

Today we’re going to set up a Garden Playscape.

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.  In this case, we’re setting the stage for some kid-sized gardening and harvest fun in the living room.

Supplies and materials

  • blankets or towels rolled up length-wise to create ruts and furrows
  • play veggies from the play kitchen (or wooden blocks, or balled up socks, or play silks, or something else to act as pretend “crops” to be harvested)
  • basket or bucket for gathering the crops from your blanket field
  • child-sized rake, watering can, or shovel might be fun
  • space in the living room or kid’s bedroom to set up this kid-sized playscape idea
  • optional:  some books about gardening and farming, gardening gloves and a floppy hat

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31 days of unplugged play: Stick Puppets

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

Today’s unplugged play idea is stick puppets.  

Have fun creating puppets, which is a slightly messy craft that is lots of fun and very creative.  Later, use your stick puppets to act out stories and put on a stick puppet play together.  You could even include your stick puppets in some cardboard castle play from one of our earlier Unplugged Play activities.

Supplies and materials

  • craft sticks or popsicle sticks (or even strips of cardboard)
  • glue or tape
  • scrap bits of felt, paper, fabric
  • markers
  • a bit of patience for the drying time if you’re using glue

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31 days of unplugged play: games with paper and pencil

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

Today’s unplugged play idea is a good one for the bigger kids:  we’re going to play games with paper and pencils.

Supplies and materials

  • paper
  • pencils

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31 days of unplugged play: cardboard castle

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

Welcome to day seven of unplugged play ideas.  How has your week of unplugged play been going for you and your kids?  Are you having fun?  We sure are!  And we’ve got more ideas to share with you.

For today’s unplugged play we’re going to be raiding the recycling bins and building cardboard castles.  I saved this one for a weekend because I knew it would be a good project for the whole family to do together and have fun playing with for days to come.

Supplies and materials

  • cardboard tubes in all sizes (paper towel, toilet paper, etc)
  • cardboard from the recycling (cereal boxes, package boxes, etc)
  • tape or glue to hold it all together
  • markers, crayons, and/or washi tape to decorate your castles
  • foil, paint chips, painters tape are fun for decorating, too

Turn the family loose with these supplies and see what kind of castles they can come up with!

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31 days of unplugged play: take the baby dolls for a walk

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

Today”s unplugged play idea is to take the baby dolls (or teddy bears or dinosaurs) on a walk.

Let your child get a chance to practice some of their nurturing skills, explore your neighborhood, and have some family time while take the baby dolls for a walk.

Supplies and materials

  • favorite dolly, bear, or other lovie
  • time together to linger and be present and enjoy the October air
  • optional:  dolly stroller, sling, or basket

Get outside, once again, and take a nice, slow walk around the neighborhood, bringing your child”s favorite doll along.

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