We love kinetic sand but even well loved toys get forgotten and unused. The simple solution is to set up an "invitation to play".... just a fancy way of saying "set up a few bits and bobs to play with the kinetic sand that your child may not have thought of".
The beauty of setting up an "invitation to play" is to link things together you may have at home (or preschool) already into a theme. It takes just a few minutes to set up and for your child it is like you have presented them with a new toy. The opportunities for play seem inviting and new. The play is also "open ended" which is a fancy way of saying that there are endless combinations for your child to use the items they have been given.
Here are "7 invitations to play" that I have set up with kinetic sand over the last few weeks. I like to surprise my kids and set it up for them whilst they are at school or having "quiet time" in their rooms. Others like to involve their kids in setting up a play scene.
My favourite "invitation to play" is the "ice-cream" play. Mr 4 loves his "dinosaur" play. Miss 7 just likes the blue glass beads and decorating the sand. She also really likes those beach umbrellas.
Which is your favourite "invitation to play kinetic sand"?
What other scenes do you think your kids would enjoy?
Don't forget to send your entries in for the Lego Challenge!! Can't wait to see what your kids create this week!
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Hi, I'm Cindy and I am an Occupational Therapist. I enjoy working creatively with children to see them reach their potential. Read more about me here.
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