This was one of the most engaging invitations to play I have ever done with my toddler! It was so simple to put together and provided lots of opportunities to develop his spatial reasoning and awareness.
Part of the allure (as a parent) of putting together invitations to play is that they are simple and a lot of thought doesn’t need to go into them (we are not meant to “plan out” how the kids will respond to the material, our kids usually surprise us with their creativity!) However, we should thoughtfully place objects together which will encourage certain aspects of development (creativity, spatial reasoning, problem solving, etc.) Sometimes it’s tough to just “let him play” without showing him what to do with the materials. In this invitation to play though, I really did just sit back and watch him “have a ball” (pun intended, I just couldn’t help myself 😉
- Balls of various colors, sizes, and textures
- Bowl (or rings) of varying size, color, etc.
The set up:
I just placed all the balls in a basket and laid out the bowls nearby.