Moving Fun for Miss G

Simple Ways to Keep Kids Happily Engaged During a Move | Mama Papa Bubba

In order to get through our move, Miss G spent a lot of time playing independently, which is difficult when the majority of your things are packed and life as you know it is being turned upside-down in front of your eyes.  In order to make things a little bit easier for her, each day that we spent packing, I’d set out a couple of very simple invitations to play with whatever was around at the time.  I have to say, she handled the situation very well and even created a few fun activities of her own.  Here’s some of what our little lady did last week…

Bubbles

Add a few taped-together straws to some homemade bubble solution!

Sink play

There are endless possibilities when it comes to sink play.  See some of our favourites here.

Box forts

Flip a large box on its side, add a pillow and blanket, and you’ve got a cozy little space to curl up in.  Miss G also brought markers and chalk inside of hers and decorated the walls.

Pool noodle blocks

Slice up a pool noodle and you’ve got fun, inexpensive, and *silent* building blocks.  See some other ways to use them here.

Straw beads

Chop up some straws, find a piece of string, and you’ve got an engaging beading station.

Drawing on butcher paper

A large piece of brown paper taped onto the ground is the perfect canvas for all sorts of artwork.

Fresh mint play

If you’ve got some fresh herbs growing in the yard, this is a breeze to set up.  Add some scissors, bowls, and water, and scented ‘soup’ will be rolling out of the herb kitchen in no time.

Baths

Who says you have to be dirty to have a bath?  Pop your babe in the bathtub and you can get all kinds of work done in the bathroom.

Peek a boo

A cardboard box + tissue paper = ridiculous amounts of fun.

Cloud dough

8 parts white flour, 1 part oil (baby oil and vegetable oil both work great), and a whole lot of fun.

Popcorn shop

All that’s needed is a bowl of popcorn and some paper bags!  {See more here.}

Play dough and silicon moulds

Whether it’s  with play dough (in this case gingerbread play dough), coloured rice, water beads, or another sensory material, silicon moulds are always a huge hit in our house.

Packing peanuts

Packing peanuts in a bin… That’s all.  Gracen created this sensory bin, then took off her dress and dove in.

Stickers

Stickers and a big piece of brown paper.  Simple fun.

Photo

Simple matching games made with dot stickers.  We’ve done this forever with doodles, shapes, numbers, and letters and Miss G never gets enough.

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