Our Funfield City Play Rug provides hours of creative play just in its own right. Why not change things up a little and provide some inspiration for your little one to add more detail to the city. This open ended invitation to expand will prompt imagination, team work and engineering skills.
- Creative QT Fun Field City 51" Round Play Rug
- Road tape (we got ours from Walmart)
- Child's scissors
- Wooden train track (we used the IKEA wooden track)
- Selection of cars and trains
- Selection of building blocks (we used LEGO®)
- Creative QT Peel 'n Stick Baseplate (10" x 10" Blue 1 pack)
This activity is described as an 'invitation to play.' In simple terms, that means that you do not need to set the materials up in any particular way. The idea is that you put out a selection of materials and leave it to the child to decide how they want to use them. This is creative play in its purest form! Add some train track, road tape, cars and trains next to the rug, and you are all set to go.
When creating an invitation to play it is always fun to add a completely new material for the child to explore. It engages them from the start and refreshes what they would otherwise see as old and familiar materials. For this reason our kids were drawn straight to the road tape. Being able to roll out, cut and place the road tape was so much fun for them. Your kids will enjoy designing their road layout, as well as and applying their fine motor skills to the cutting and sticking process.
After test driving some cars on the roads it might be time to add some train track to the train station section of the rug. Once again, leaving the planning and construction to your child is important. Although it can be tempting to interfere, let them initiate and lead the play if you are joining in.
Once all roads and train tracks are in place, hours can be spent just happily playing with the vehicles and creating adventures. Why not add an extra dimension by using building blocks and a Peel 'n Stick Baseplate to make an overflow car park for the city.
Open ended activities like this are enjoyable for both children and parents. You will get so much enjoyment as a parent from their independent play achievements. Watching your children apply their imagination to their play is so much fun! The best part of this set up is that it can be left out and re-designed over and over again.
Creative QT designs quality + innovative toys that declutter homes and inspire creative play. Founded by parents of five, Adam and Dana Sue Hinkle, Creative QT’s vision is to empower parents and encourage a culture of families that Make Time Together. All products are designed to enrich families’ lives through active, creative play and play based learning. Creative QT products are laboratory tested for compliance with CPSC requirements and are free of lead, cadmium and phthalates so you can play with confidence. So, go ahead … today is the day: be your kid’s hero.
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