summer play ideas list

19th Jul 2018


I have my summer sand bucket list all done, this covers all the big things i want to do over the summer. Things to see, places to go ect.

This is my play ideas list. I haven’t been great at keeping one of these over the last few months and I know it helps me feel inspired at play time with her rather than getting distracted by Instagram.


Sand Play – Neive is really getting into sand play now so I’m going to set up a sand play with loose parts. The Imagination Tree has a fab blog on this.

Chalk – I drew a little road on the patio the other day and she LOVED it. I’m going to go all out with this one a day and set all the cars outside and draws lots of roads out.

Bath Time – We have not done any bath play in ages 🙁 Neive is a bit obsessed with ducks at the moment so I’m going to get some craft foam and cut out some duck shapes for her to stick on the wall. This is inspired by a fab book we got for her birthday from the Works 

Messy Garden Play – I got the idea of making some jelly for Neive to play with outside from this post along with colouring some uncooked rice with food colour and hiding her toys in it.

Ice play – we have done this quite a few times now but I’m going to try an ice bath in our trug outside with toys in for some sensory play and then I have seen some fab frozen hands (frozen water in a glove) that I want to try out as well as painting with coloured ice cubes.

Mud Kitchen – Neive loves the mud kitchen at Forest School so I am going to set one up for her at home. We have the prefect area for it now we took a bush out and I just need some bowls, spoons and cups and she will have a blast.

Baking – I love baking with Neive (I need to steal for it first and remember to remain calm) but I do love it. I’m inspired by Cath from Baking With Kids insta account. I’m going to pull a few things out of her feed and make them with Neive. The party popcorn is top of the list and Neive loves pop coor (as she says).

That should keep us both busy for a bit! This afternoon we are doing the jelly play, we made it while getting lunch ready and hopfully it will be set when she wakes up from her nap.


Ellie x



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