Our Funfield City Play Rug is full of creative play opportunities. There are countless sights and shops to visit, along with terrain for all different types of vehicles. As parents, however, we understand that sometimes kids thrive with a fresh challenge. Why not use your Play Rug to spark your child's imagination through storytelling?!
- Funfield City Play Rug (available at www.creativeqt.net for $29.99)
- selection of toy vehicles
- selection of play people
- selection of random items from the toy room (e.g. play food, building blocks, play money, road signs, animals etc.)
- craft organizing box (Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer available at Target for $24.99)
Getting set up:
You can arrange your materials however works best for your children and your space. To make things neat and accessible, we used our craft organizing box to store all of our storytelling materials. We split the vehicles, play people and random items into their own boxes. The box was then placed in the centre of the rug. This was simply to help our kids feel like they were really part of the story. For younger children though, this may lead to constantly knocking over things so it might not be the best idea!
Again, there is no right or wrong way to do this activity. Just do what works best for your family. For some families, older siblings may like to work with younger siblings, or like in our situation, parents may like to get creative with their children.
Place your storytelling materials either on, or next to, your play rug. Individuals take it in turns to cover their eyes and choose one item from each box. So in our case, one vehicle, one play person and one random item was chosen at a time.
It is then up to the person to decide where to place the items on the rug. They can be placed together or on completely different sides of the rug. This is where the fun really starts. Once the items are all on the rug, the person has to make up a story linking their items to the scenery on the rug. Here is an example from our play time:
We started off with our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle flying around town until he found the 'badie' who was hiding on the skate ramp. Mr. Ninja Turtle had to do lots of flying with his propellers before the 'badie' was located!
Once Mr. Ninja Turtle had rescued the town from the 'badie', he went about rescuing the blue car from the swimming pool. Then they all waited for the police to arrive before they went for ice cream. The end!
If you are doing this activity with younger children it might work best to clear away the toys each time and start a new story. This will help to avoid over stimulation and confusion.
If, however, you are playing with older children, it can be lots of fun to leave the toys on the rug each time. That way you can intertwine the stories by linking the toys you choose to the toys already on the rug.
In the picture above you can see several story scenes have been combined to make an ultimate story, concluding with Robin paying $1 for the zebra to be dug out of the fountain, while Mr. Ninja Turtle enjoyed chocolate ice cream. You have to laugh at the imagination of a 4 year old!!
This play based learning activity is the perfect way for families to Make Time Together. It develops communication skills, vocabulary, imagination, fine motor skills, and the ability to learn with others. It could also lead to more advanced activities such as writing down the story or key words, or drawing a comic strip about the story.
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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