Invitation to Play - Lands of Snow + Ice

I read recently in a book about Brain Rules(affiliate link) I was gifted at Christmas that people don't pay attention to boring things, that you've got seconds to grab their attention and only 10 minutes to keep it, meaning every 9 minutes and 59 seconds you have to do something to regain their attention and keep it. Today's #easyplayidea is such an activity! 


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Easy play ideas - using simple resources 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!


Today's simple invitation is such a mix of things. To start, we tried out Fun At Home with Kids Puffing Snow Recipe. I recently bought Asia's awesome book 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids. If you don't already have a copy, you do need one as it is full of her best work!
 


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We mixed up some Puffing Snow which strongly resembles cloud dough in texture although we left out the water to start with.


Easy play ideas - using simple resources 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!

Of course it wasn't long before a few favourites joined in. My children get so much use out of our Schleich animals.

Easy play ideas - using simple resources 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!

After playing in the snow dough for a while, we then added what I called Asia's secret ingredient and the reaction is truly spectacular when this extra ingredient goes in. Lots of new ooh's and aah's. A totally different sensation!

Easy play ideas - using simple resources 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!

A few days ago my youngest asked for me to recreate our land of ice and water that we'd played with a couple of summers ago so I placed two large trays of water in the freezer. There seemed no better time than now to get them out now our puffing snow was not so puffy anymore.

Easy play ideas - using simple resources 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!

Their small world play went on until their fingers had really turned blue from cold. I love small world play and sensory play for all the vocabulary it allows you to use. Today we talked of reactions, chemicals, glaciers, habitats and the Antarctic. 

Easy play ideas - using simple resources 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 resources 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!

If you're thinking this is too messy for inside, head outside but if it's too hot or cold out maybe put down a plastic sheet to make the cleanup quick and easy. We have slate floors through our living areas which means I don't worry too much about what can get swept or mopped up afterwards. One tip to help minimise the mess is to place a bucket or large bowl of water nearby so your children can wash their hands or animals easily. I do love these shallow Tubtrugs to hold everything as I can carry them outside to clean but they are deep enough for most play.

Easy play ideas - using simple resources 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!

Want to see more? Then hop over to Instagram and search #easyplayidea. You can also read one, two and three for more inspiration. Don't forget to come back tomorrow for our next #easyplayidea 

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