31 days of unplugged play: calm down jars (glitter bears)

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

Today’s unplugged play idea was inspired by all of the beautiful “Calm Down” or “Peace” jars that I’ve seen all over Pinterest.  

The idea of a “calm down” jar has been on my mind for some time because it seemed like a good tool to help my four year old daughter find some quiet moments in the day when she’s having “big feelings,” as we say.

Lucy had been eying the big honey bear container in the recycling bin for some time, so I decided to do my own version of these beautiful swirling sparkle jars by making a glitter bear for especially for her in her favorite colors.
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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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