#1 Whatsie, DUH!!
I remember when I was a kid (back in the olden days as my kids would say), my cousins and I used to build forts with blankets and cushions from my aunties' couch. The ultimate hideout, smack bang in the middle of the living room. But now, if my kids even attempted to pull apart my 4k Plush Sofa, I'd definitely be throwing some profanities their way. This is why I swear by Whatsie. 6 versatile pieces your kids can easily maneuver to make whatever their precious little hearts desire. From pirate ships to reading nooks, this play couch is worth its weight in gold!
Good-old-fashioned blocks. There's a reason they've been around for so long. Besides the fact that they’re really, really fun to play with, there are also many developmental benefits gained from block play. They encourage children to build, explore, create, engage, troubleshoot, and all the while, practicing both their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Building blocks are timeless and a must-have for every home.
Our faves are the Montessori inspired stepped tower blocks by Howe & Zo.
#3 Loose Parts
It absolutely amazes me how children come up with these "ideas". How they can manipulate materials to create anything they want. It sparks investigation, exploration and by way of their imagination, something so simple can become something quite extraordinary.
Our friends at Totli have an amazing range of loose parts and our pick of the bunch is the leaves playset. I mean, just look at those little faces.
These are, no joke, used every single day in my house. Once we’d invested in the first set, it wasn’t long before we were all hooked and bought an additional set. The different shapes come in a variety of beautiful colours and are the perfect size for hands-on learning. The magic of magnets allows us to connect the tiles to build some epic 3D structures. But aside from this, I’ve seen magnetic tiles used in ways that will blow your mind. Creativity at its finest.
There are so many magnetic tile options to choose from but I do recommend looking for a brand that is strong and durable. We love our set from Connetix, both the design AND the quality.
Ok, I know what you’re thinking... “but it’s so messy!” Sure, it can be but it can also be a tonne of fun. Flatten it, poke it, roll it, cut it, mould it, anything is possible with playdough.
We love the choices available at Good Dough Co, especially the ‘nature burst’ play dough. The flower petals combined with lavender and patchouli oil is a beautiful touch.