Friday, 28 April 2017

30 Days to Hands On Play: Play in a Box

 Friday's are our busy day. We go to Toddler Sense in the morning and then quite often end up meeting friends and family or running errands in the afternoon, in preparation for the weekend. It's understandable for Baobao to feel tired and stressed by the end of the day and some simple box play is the perfect way to reconnect.

Here at Baobao Tea and Soy, we are huge fans of open ended play and cardboard boxes are the ultimate open ended play apparatus. Once you're inside a cardboard box, you are only limited by the power of your imagination. It could be a boat, a car, a castle or even an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus. The possibilities are endless and they're free!

Baobao is just starting to get the hang of imaginative play. Usually she acts out things she has experienced, such as kitchen play or pretending to be in a car or bus. Tonight she decided to apply the knowledge she has acquired from books and songs.

At first the box was a boat. Tiger and her sat in the boat, while she sang multiple verses of "Row Row Row the Boat". Next she turned it on its side and it became a rollercoaster. For Christmas, Baobao received two Anne Suess Wimmelbilderbuchen (teeming picture books). One of these is bear themed and features a page where all the bears go to the funfair. She sat in her box going up and down and side to side while singing rollercoaster.

Have you tried cardboard box play? Give it a try and see what you can imagine today.

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