Today is the final day of the 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge.
While this month has been exhausting with keeping up with all the challenges and all the participants, I’m very sad to see its over already!
The Imagination Tree and I have had thousands of visitors checking in on the challenges, as well as over 600 participants receiving the daily challenge emails. A-maz-ing! The feedback we’ve received throughout all the challenges is incredibly inspiring and truly reminded us of the purpose of this challenge.
What have you learned from this hands on play challenge?
I hope there’s a few things you have taken away from this challenge that will help keep the hands on play going in your house. Anna and I have even discovered how rewarding this challenge has been for us, too!
I have learned one major thing from this challenge.
My house is so much happier when I’m playing with the boys. I’m more focused on them, I’m happier. They’re happier. My husband is happier. We’re all around happier.
We’re committing ourselves to keep the play challenge going in our house! And we hope you’ll join in with us in keeping the play going!
DAY 30 CHALLENGE:
Keep challenging yourself to do what we’ve been doing every day. Spend at least 15 minutes with your child playing! You’ve got the ideas now from the past 30 days, now expand upon those and keep the play going in your house!
Make the goodies available to the kids!
- Play dough with a box of goodies [think buttons, pipe cleaners, toothpicks, etc] to add in!
- Craft items, such as paper, scissors, glue [if age-appropriate]
- Before throwing some items away, upcycle them into something nifty. [Save items such as toilet paper & paper towel rolls, ribbons, tissue and wrapping paper, even cooked, or uncooked, pasta!]
Think of all the areas of play, and try out new ones on one of those ‘off’ days:
- Pretend or Role Play
- Science Experiments
- Crafts and Art
- Kitchen Exploration
- Music or Dance
Remember to be focused with your child when you’re playing with them [they can easily tell if your mind is elsewhere]. Our motto throughout the challenge has been to dedicate 15 minutes [at least], of uninterrupted time, playing with the kids. That means no gadgets, no chores, no stress. Just play!
We’d love to have a collection of all the play challenges.