Pretend Play Outside - Icecream Sundaes

It's the summer school holidays and we're in the middle of our longest break from school which for us means it's the perfect time to reacquaint ourselves with some of the easy play ideas we love. Imaginative play is valued highly in our house and messy play is enjoyed by all so over the next few days I will be setting up some simple invitations for play. You can follow along here or check out the hashtag #easyplayidea on Instagram to get some more ideas. Please feel free to add the hashtag to your own easy play ideas - we'd love to see what everyone else is getting up to in their break!


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Easy play ideas - using simple ingredients found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along




To start you will need -
  • a can of shaving cream
  • a large container to hold the shaving cream (we love these shallow Tub Trug(affiliate link) for play)
  • small packet of water beads (similar is available on eBay or in-store at Spotlight)
  • free printable playmats from the awesome Picklebums site (these are optional but so lovely if you have access to a printer and laminator)
  • glitter (we love it, some people don't)
  • some cupcake liners, small containers and spoons
If you were more organised than me, you could soak your water beads in water before playing but they swell quickly enough and the children always love watching them change.


Easy play ideas - using simple ingredients found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along


While waiting we played with the shaving cream but then they couldn't wait long...

Easy play ideas - using simple ingredients found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along

While they took care of dessert, I went inside to make dinner. Easy!

Easy play ideas - using simple ingredients found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along

Easy play ideas - using simple ingredients found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along

Easy play ideas - using simple ingredients found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along

Kate from Picklebums makes the best play mats! They just invite play! Perfect with play dough too.

Easy play ideas - using simple ingredients found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along

 Needless to say it all ended up back in the tub for some more play after they were finished with their 'food'.


Easy play ideas - using simple ingredients found at home, re-create these easy play invitations for your children to make and play these holidays. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com or #easyplayidea on Instagram to follow along

I'll be back tomorrow with our next easy play idea.  Can't wait? Check out the hashtag #easyplayidea over on Instagram for more ideas.


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5 comments

  1. So cool!
    And I didn't know that spotlight had water beads?!?!?!?!? We just bought some new ones from entropy for Christmas and now I know what I'll do with them!

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    1. Thanks Kate :)
      We hadn't played with them for ages but they're always fun.
      Yes, last time I was in Spotlight, they had some in their florist section.

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    2. We buy them in wholesale quantities because we use them all the time in the summer....

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  2. We LOVE water beads, but we haven't tried pairing them with shaving cream before - GENIUS! Love Picklebums printables too, the sundae one is perfect for this idea.

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    1. I love Picklebums printables! They're always amazing and fun :)

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