So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted an Invitation to Play table. It’s not because I’ve been slacking (well…. maybe a little!)
Just before school holidays I had put out some Lego and Duplo sets for the kids, and 2 large 50 piece puzzles. The kids enjoyed it so much they kept asking to keep it out.
And, well, that’s kinda the point of having an ITP table, so I left them out as long as the kids were still engaged.
Now that we’re back into routine I wanted to change things up, but also keep a high level of engagement.
Over the holidays we ate out a little more than we usually would, and while both of mine have eating issues (different to each other, but no less frustrating) they like the idea. So I figured it might be worth a try. Plus, my Miss 4 really enjoys cooking as part of her pretend play so it was kind of a no-brainer.
Let me start off with the activity that was definitely the biggest hit this time round….
Now this was a printable that I purchased as part of a pack from Angela at Teaching Mama. It’s such a simple idea, but the kids have been going nuts over it. It did involve a bit of time with the cutting/laminating/cutting approach I took, but it’s going to be soooo worth it!
I really love the language that has come from it:
“Ah, excuse me, what do you want on your pizza?”
“Here mumma, look at the menu!”
“And would you like some gross olives with that?”
Miss 4 has been hilarious. She asks you what you want and then tells you it’s not available if it’s not something she feels like putting on the pizza! Clearly she’s not cut out for a life in retail or hospitality!!!
Another thing I truly LOVE about this activity is that it is an opportunity to learn about food for my Extreme Picky Eater. She might not be ready to eat it… YET, but she certainly knows what each of the vegetables are and even asked about making a real pizza.
Progress is progress, even if it is teensy, tiny baby steps!
As usual it was interesting to see their different approaches to the sensory box. It was far more contained with Mr 4, than with Miss 4, our little sensory seeker!
And, last but not least…
A day or so after introducing this Invitation to Play table, the kids decided to extend the play with their own idea! It made me so happy!
They asked if they could bring out their Play-Doh Kitchen.