Kim and Janet's Favorites
Try to opt for natural, non toxic, non technology items
- Wooden building blocks
Magnetic letters and play scenes (can be used on upright surface ie refrigerator)
Assortment of balls
Lots of books
Natural Elements for creativity (sticks, acorns, pinecones, fabric, etc)
Assortment of dress up clothes and accessories
Wooden lincoln logs and/or tinker toys
Extra kitchen items for creative play (pots, pans, spatulas, plates, cups, etc)
Loose items for building (tires, planks, sticks,etc)
Go for a walk
Rake leaves and jump in them
Help dig a hole using a shovel
Roll down a hill
Make mud pies
Put on rain gear and splash in puddles
Play outdoor games: Tag, red rover, green light/red light, mother may I, etc.
Take a hike and gather items for creative play: sticks, rocks, leaves, etc.
Visit a farm: pet animals, pick apples or vegetables, etc.
Use sidewalk chalk for drawings/hopscotch
Run and play in the sprinklers
Climb a tree
Stargaze at night
Visit a favorite park/playground
Plant flowers, trees, a garden, etc.
Go for a family bike ride
Balanced and Barefoot by Angela J. Hanscom
Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five by John Medina
Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Tony Wagner