We were very kindly asked by Rowan over at Invitations to Play on instagram to be brand ambassadors* for her current #31daysofsummerplay. The premise of 31 Days of Summer Play is a PDF with an invitation to play sent to your inbox every day (normally around 6am, so there is plenty of time to set up!) The guides are aimed at children between 2-6 years old.
Each PDF guide includes a photograph of what the invitation may look like; a list items you may need; an overview of what to do; ways to adapt the activity for younger children; and how to extend the activity for older children.
Here is how we got on with our first week of invitations!
Day 1 – Nature Perfume
This one was enjoyed by Aoife (who is 3 years and 8 months) and her friend (who is exactly the same age). From my experience anything involving water is a winner!
Day 2 – Chalk Painting
Alongside every PDF, in the email, Rowan gives a heads up as to what you might need the next day! In this case we needed chalks and to soak the chalks in water. This was popular with both my children. Cassius (19 months) enjoyed the opportunity to mark make using a different tool!
Day 3 – Sensory Tea Party
Cassius & Aoife both enjoyed this activity. Filling and pouring, plus the added excitement of teabags and sugar really made this activity fun!
Day 4 – Types of Line
This activity I aimed more towards Aoife as she is at the stage of learning to recognise and write letters of her name. This activity is great for developing fine motor skills! Aoife stayed engaged for a long while with this one!
Day 5 – Summer Scavenger Hunt
Aoife wasn’t feeling this activity. But after some modelling Cassius was very interested in gathering natural items into an egg box. Here we are with our friend (aged 3 years, 2 months) also enjoying gathering treasures.
Day 6 – Watermelon Scoop & Cut
I think this has been one of my favourite activities so far. Fun and tasty! Cassius really enjoyed nibbling bits of watermelon throughout this!
Day 7 – Reusable Water Sponge Bombs
This was very popular with the kids. Water, as I mentioned earlier, is a firm favourite with the kids!
It has been great to be a part of, and has given me some great inspiration!
What do you think of the invitations to play? Let me know in the comments below!
*Disclaimer: We were gifted guides in exchange for acting as a brand rep. All thoughts are our own.