Essentials for a Playful Pantry
Recently, I picked up a small writing gig with a local news site. Each week I’ve been writing about what else? Play. The first week, I built a case for it. The second and third week I offered up some activities. Basically, it’s an extension of Classic Play!
My goal there, much like it is here, is to provide simple, active, creative and fun projects. For parents, I want to offer some ideas for when their kids come to them saying, “I’m bored.” For kids, I want to give them an opportunity to explore and create.
So today, I thought I’d share a little of what I wrote in this week’s column. My idea was to create a list of materials to have on hand for creative projects.
Actually, I liberated the idea from a list of pantry essentials Jamie Oliver came up with a few years back. I figured if someone can do it for food, I can do one for creative projects.
Part of my goal was to be inexpensive. The other goal was to create a list of items that could be combined in countless ways so kids could use the stuff to create their own…well, whatever their minds could think up.
That’s it in a nutshell.
So here it is, my list of playful pantry essentials:
White glue (like Elmers)
Hot glue and hot glue gun
Spray paint (with adult supervision)
Paper grocery bags
Scraps of fabric
Glitter (although this one is hotly contested in our house)
Did I miss anything?
Tags: Arts & Crafts