There's no need to break the bank to have a play-filled weekend.
- Amanda Bindel, Toca Magazine Writer
Play is totally portable and doesn’t have to require any perfectly planned Pinterest activities for kids to have fun and get the great benefits play provides. Try these three easy, free ways to play this weekend. It’ll be fun for everyone!
- 1. Build something. Pull out the wooden blocks or LEGOs and build together. But you don’t even need to have these classic toys on hand. Have craft sticks and a glue gun? A deck of cards? Cardboard boxes and some paint? You’re good to go! Kids can develop spatial reasoning skills while planning and building, plus they’ll become great creative problem solvers.
- 2. Bring in some other kids. Invite another family or two over for a casual potluck. Visit with the adults while the kids play on their own. They’ll entertain themselves, creating their own fun and memories, while developing social skills, problem-solving skills and resilience through social play. Friends don’t have kids the same ages as yours? Even better! Younger kids will get a kick out of playing with older kids, and older kids can develop leadership abilities.
- 3. Cook together. Using only the supplies on hand, see what the kids come up with — without a recipe. Parents can help out however the kids prefer — as apprentice chefs, as tasters, even as the cleanup crew!
What’s your favorite free way to play? Let us know in the comments.