Do you create invitations to play in your home? An invitation to play is where you set up a little station or area with an interesting concept for your child to explore, or an open-ended art project for them to create. This can be in a special area that is just for activities like that, or it can be on a table or shelf- wherever you have space. You can learn a little bit more about invitations to play in this tutorial from The Imagination Tree. If you google “invitation to play”, you’ll find a lot of suggestions and beautiful photos to inspire you to create an invitation to inspire your young ones to work, play and create!
Summer is the best time for messy play. Granted, I would still do these activities in the house in winter, but if you don’t like a mess in the house, you gotta get all the messiness outside while the weather is good.
This time I set out a couple mini muffin tins, some glasses with colored vinegar (just drop some food coloring in vinegar), some spoons and little dishes of baking soda. I set them out for each kiddo and then I just left it alone.
The kids are always curious about what I’m doing, so they got right to it. I didn’t give them any instructions or rules.
Lil’ Miss was very orderly and spooned little bits of baking soda into each section of the muffin tin and then put a little bit of vinegar on top.
Little Mister, on the other hand, dumped from the baking soda into the vinegar and from the vinegar into the baking soda. He pretty much ignored the muffin tin for most of the activity.
It gets a little crazy.
Definitely need to touch the bubbles!
And taste the vinegar!
Ugh. Maybe not.
Yep. It’s messy! Good thing we did this outside and Mama can just hose off the patio when we’re finished!
Oh and yes. Naked happens. A lot, around here.
I love looking at other people’s invitations to play. What are some messy invitations to play that you’ve set up for your kids?
Chrissy Leiberan-Titus writes for Muse of the Morning.com