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You TOO can be creative!!

Updated: Sep 17, 2019

Some parents think they lack in creativity. It has been a long time since they were kids....



Getting out and getting dirty!!

Outside Play Activities:

1. Sand Play

-Build A Town

-Houses, roads, shops, etc.

-Use figures to act out community pretend scenarios (going to work, grocery stories, policeman catching speeding cars, fireman putting out fires, etc.)

-Earthquake, floods, rain, etc.

-Build a Volcano

-Lava Erupts

-Town with people trying to escape

-Build a wall to protect the town from lava

-Use water to put the lava out

-Etc.

-Build a Mountain

-Animals living on the mountain

-Cave hideout

-Hidden treasure

-People camping on the mountain

-Etc.

-Build a Castle

-Build towers, dungeon/jail, etc.

-Castle play (see indoor play examples)

-Build a tunnel/roads

-Car play (see indoor play examples)

-Build snowman/pretend snow

-Make snow cones

-Play with dump truck/construction toys

-Make pies/cake/food

-Pour and stir

-Bake pies/cakes/cookies

-Birthday parties with cake

-Bake sale

-Share with other children

-Treasure hunt in the sand

-Follow a treasure map to find treasure

-Pirate play (see indoor play examples)

-Steal the treasure

-Soldier/action figure play

-Build a fort

-Fight scenario

-Take prisoners/put in jail

-Taking hurt soldier to the hospital


2. Tricycles/Bikes/Cars

-Gas Station/mechanic

-Fill up gas tank

-Wash windows

-Fill up tires

-Fix cars/pretend tools

-Collect money

-Policeman scenario

-Catching speeders/giving out tickets

-Stoplights

-Driving the siren

-Catching bad guys/putting them in jail

-Fireman scenario (see indoor play example)

-Drive in movie

-Park and buy tickets

-Buy popcorn, candy, and sodas

-Watch movie

-Car crash scenario

-Ambulance comes to take injured to hospital

-Tow truck/mechanic scenario

-Mailman scenario

-Making letters/mail

-Delivering mail to people/mailbox, etc.

-Races


3. Water Play

-Pouring cups and funnels

-Making juice/soda/pop

-Marine animal play

-Sea World scenario

-Being chased by sharks

-Little Mermaid scenario

-Boat Play

-Boat races

-Pirate ship scenario

-Divers going underwater

-Squirt guns, water, water balloons

-Water balloon toss/relay race

-Squiring targets

-Police, cowboy-shooting scenario

-Squirting colored water onto paper/sidewalk

-Swimming pool scenario

-Using a diving board

-Floating on a raft

-Making big splashes

-Marco Polo game

-Fishing scenario

-Using a fishing pole

-Catching a fish

-Running from shark/whale/etc.

4. Ball Play

-Sports

-T-ball/baseball

-Soccer

-Football

-Kickball

-Handball

-Catch/throw

-Basketball

-Four Square

-Dodge ball


5. Playground equipment

-Slide

-Children form a train going down

-Pretend to be on a waterslide

-Staying away from crocodile/monster at the bottom

-Swings

-Race to be the highest

-Turn taking pushing a friend

-Monkey Bars

-Pretend to be on an island, water all around

-Pretend to be in a tree house

-Pretend to be monkeys

-See Saw

-Pretend to be on a boat


6. Organized Game Play

-Playground activities

-Duck Duck Goose

-Simon Says

-Tag (freeze, TV)

-Red Light, Green Light

-Hide and Seek

-Ring Around the Rosy

-Red Rover

-Leap Frog

-Follow the Leader

-Relay Race

-Jump Rope

-Hopscotch

-Sidewalk Chalk

-Mother May I

-Ball Activities

-Catch/throw

-Two Square

-Sports

-T-Ball

-Soccer

-Football

-Kickball

-Basketball

-Tetherball

-Wall Ball/Hand Ball

-Dodge ball

Inside Play Activities


1. Independent Play

-Puzzles

-Shape sorter

-Mr. Potato Head

-Ball/hammer set

-Fine Motor tasks

-Lacing beads/cards

-Pegboard

-Stacking rings

-Coloring/Drawing

-Color forms


2. Domestic Pretend Play

-Household Chores

-Making dinner/eating at the table

-Baking cake/cookies in oven

-Setting the table

-Washing the dishes

-Cleaning/vacuuming

-Taking a bath

-Going to bed

-Watching TV

-Family role play

-Mommy, daddy, children dress up

-Putting on makeup

-Going to work

-Driving a car

-Taking care of baby (feeding, dressing, rocking, putting to sleep)

-Taking care of pets (feeding, bathing)


3. Community Outings

-Grocery Store

-Setting up food items

-Making shopping list

-Putting food into shopping cart

-Using coupons

-Taking food to cashier/using cash register

-Paying for food

-Putting food into bags to take home

-Gas Station

-Driving to gas station

-Putting gas in a car

-Washing windows

-Changing tire/making repairs

-Paying cashier

-Restaurant/McDonalds

-Making a menu

-Setting up table

-Ordering food

-Cooking food

-Serving pretend drinks and food

-Eating dessert

-Paying the bill

-Going to drive through window

-Bank

-Getting money from the bank

-ATM

-Movie Theatre

-Buying tickets

-Buying popcorn/soda

-Watching movie

-Setting up chairs/theatre

-Amusement Park

-Going on rides

-Buying food

-Seeing characters

-Zoo

-Making enclosures for animals

-Buying tickets

-Petting/riding animals

-Eating popcorn

-Zookeeper feeding/cleaning animals

-Farm/Barnyard

-Putting animals in barn

-Feeding animals hay, etc.

-Farmer drives animals/supplies in tractor

-Farmer rides horses

-Pigs playing in mud

-Farmer fixing injured animals

-New animals/babies eggs hatching

-Circus

-Making circus ring and cages

-Selling tickets

-Clown playing tricks

-Lion tamer

-Flying trapeze artist

-Tight ropewalker

-Eating popcorn, etc.

-Animal rides

-Beach

-Packing bag to go to the beach

-Swimming in the ocean

-Playing in the sand/sandcastles

-Having a picnic lunch

-Surfing

-Being chased by a shark

-Lifeguard saves someone from the water

-Digging for shells

-Camping

-Making a tent

-Having a campfire/toasting marshmallows

-Cooking food on a stove/fire

-Going fishing

-Sleeping in a tent

-Collecting berries

-Hiding from a bear

-Jungle

-Being chased/hiding from alligator

-Making caves/animals houses

-Tarzan pretend play

-Swinging from vines

-Animals looking for food/drinks

-Hiding from the rain

-Castle Play

-Knights/kings/queens dress up

-Riding horses

-Having feasts

-Fighting with other knights

-Castle wars/firing cannonballs

-Putting bad guys in the dungeon

-Finding and hiding treasure


4. Occupation Pretend Play

-Fireman

-Fire station (going down pole, putting on fireman clothes)

-Calling fireman on phone 911

-Driving fire truck (siren)

-Putting out fire

-Saving people from house

-Climbing ladder

-Getting pet out of tree

-Doctor

-Riding in ambulance

-Taking temperature

-Listening to heart

-Taking blood pressure

-Looking at throat/ears (say ahh)

-Checking for reflexes

-Giving shot

-Giving medicine

-Putting on a Band-Aid

-Putting on a cast

-Taking an x-ray

-Mailman

-Writing/mailing a letter

-Putting in mailbox

-Riding in mail truck

-Stamping mail

-Delivering mail/packages

-Policeman

-Ride in police car (siren)

-Catching speeders

-Giving speeding tickets

-Catching robbers

-Taking bad guys to jail

-Taking fingerprints

-Taking mug shots

-Locking them in jail

-Escaping from jail

-Directing traffic

-Cowboys and Indians

-Riding horses

-Dress up

-Making a teepee

-Making a fire

-Indian dancing

-Riding a pretend hide-out

-Pretend fighting

-Taking prisoners/putting someone in jail

-Escaping from jail

-Pilot

-Airplane taking off

-Airplane landing

-Flying to different destinations

-Putting gas in the airplane

-Teacher

-Pretend circle time

-Reading story

-Taking attendance

-Giving worksheets

-Singing songs/say pledge

-Mechanic

-Changing tires

-Fixing engine

-Astronaut

-Building a rocket

-Putting on space suit/helmet

-Blasting off

-Landing on moon/planets

-Using walkie talkie

-Collecting moon rocks

-Making friends with aliens

-Fighting with aliens

-Building a settlement

-Pirate

-Building a pirate ship

-Finding/burying treasure

-Fighting other pirates

-Kidnapping other people/rescuing

-Finding a sunken ship

-Being chased by octopus/shark

-Sinking the ship

-Dancer/Singer

-Performing a concert

-Dressing up in a costume

-Singing into a microphone

-Selling tickets


5. Vehicle/Transportation Pretend Day

-Car Play

-Driving car along road/into garage

-Gas station scenario

-Having race

-Driving through scenario

-Speeding/policeman scenario

-Pretend car crash scenario/ambulance

-Taking the car to mechanic/flat tire

-Going to a car wash

-Pretending to ride in a taxi/bus

-Airplane scenario

-Pilot scenario

-Taking off from airport

-Landing at airport

-Fighter jet scenario

-Boat play

-Pirate scenario

-Scuba diver looking for underwater animals

-Finding sunken ship

-Being chased by shark/octopus

-Making paper sailboats/races

-Finding buried treasure

-Catching fish

-Being in a row boat/rowing oars

-Train play

-Pushing train around the tracks

-Putting passengers on train

-Going through tunnel

-Putting fuel in train

-Stopping at station

-Being the conductor (all aboard)

-Thomas the Tank Engine scenario

-Little Engine that could scenario


6. Fantasy Character Pretend Play

-Barbie characters

-Pokemon characters

-Winnie the Pooh characters

-Teletubbies characters

-Disney characters

-Little Mermaid scenario

-101 Dalmatian’s scenario

-Snow White scenario

-Etc.

-Book/TV characters

-Batman scenario

-Superman scenario

-Scooby Doo scenario

-Arthur scenario

-Puppet shows

-Making puppets/stage

-Writing scripts

-Making signs

-Selling tickets and popcorn

-Performing show for audience


7. Construction Play

-Blocks

-Build a house/tower etc.

-Build roads/car play

-Build town/communities

-Pretend earthquakes/giant/monster knocks over blocks

-Pretend airplane/train etc.

-Legos

-Build a house/tower etc.

-Build roads/car play

-Build town/communities

-Build airplane/ship/train

-Build rocket/spaceship

-Build creatures/monsters

-Zoo scenario

-Space scenario

-Underwater scenario

-Jungle scenario

-Pirate scenario

-Lincoln Logs

-Play-Doh

-Rolling/patting/squeezing/cutting/using cookie cutter

-Making cookies/cupcakes/food scenario

-Making snowman

-Making animals/people

-Making animal/dinosaur finger footprints

-Making animal/dinosaur leaf fossils

-Making jewelry/rings/bracelet/etc.

-Play-doh kits


8. Organized Game Play

-Board Games

-Candyland

-Chutes and Ladders

-Barnyard Bingo

-Numbers/Letters/Shapes/Colors lotto

-Listening Lotto

-Memory Match

-Mr. Potato Head Pals

-Don’t Break the Ice

-Don’t Spill the Beans

-Kids on Stage

-Hot Potato

-Peanut Panic

-Don’t Wake Daddy

-Guess Who?

-Mousetrap

-Marble Madness

-Trouble

-Sorry

-Concentration

-KerPlunk

-Jenga

-Mr. Mouth

-Hungry Hungry Hippo

-Card games

-Old Maid

-Go fish

-Animal Snaps

-War

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Alison and Matthew Wimmer

Developmental & Behavioral Consultants