Invitation to play activities are an awesome way to spark a kiddos imagination! They are an awesome way to help find and explore new ways to play with familiar or “old” items and toys by putting them in a different set up or environment. You don’t need to spend a whole heap of cash to set it up and you can use anything and everything (providing it’s child safe of course) to create any invitation to play activity and let the kid/s at it!
We’ve got a giant box of bugs and animals that barely get touched these days so on Saturday we popped along to the local craft store, gathered a few extra items and crafted up this DIY Bug Garden. On Sunday arvo, Izzy and I sat out on the deck exploring the wonderful world of Te Whiti and her magical bugs. This wee DIY Bug Garden also worked out to be a pretty awesome sensory activity as well! There were a ton of different textures under Izzy’s fingers and she had an absolute blast.
I’m not going to lie though… those fucking spiders get me every time!
What you’ll need
– grass mat (Look Sharp or local $2/craft emporium type store)
– fake flowers and leaves (Look Sharp or local $2/craft emporium type store)
– rocks or pebbles (Look Sharp or local $2/craft emporium type store)
– plastic bugs (The big ones came from The Warehouse and the smaller ones came from Kmart)
– a bowl or round plastic container
What to do
There really is nothing to this activity. All you have to do is arrange everything on your wee grass mat and invite the kiddos over to play and use their imaginations to make up stories!
Questions you could ask
– If you were a bug, would you live under leaves, rocks or flowers? How many legs and eyes would you have? Would you make a noise, if so what would it be? What colour would you be?
– What do you think bugs like to eat?
– Which is your favourite bug?
– Do you think that all bugs like to swim in water?