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Two inspiring and fun play resources

Hi, my name is Tricia and I like to play...

I realised this only the other day when I was working my way through my mental list of weekend play activities to set up for Little Eco. Inspired by Issue 5 of Action Pack, I asked Little Eco if she would like to make some cornflour chalk paint.

She said no.

It was then that I realised I wasn't really setting up these play activities for her, but for me.

I like to play.

Action pack issue 5 cornflour chalk paint

So ignoring Little Eco's lack of interest I proceeded to make the paint for me.

Action pack issue 5 cornflour chalk painting

She eventually joined me once she spotted me painting on some pavers.

I do however have one problem with play. There's so many inspiring play resources available these days that I get frustrated at not having enough time to play.

Here's two of my favourite recent play resources.

Action Pack Issue 5 {chalk and cheese}

I'm absolutely in love with Action Pack, a mini magazine for kids (and parents) who want to do stuff. Loads of activities from issue 5 have made their way onto my mental list of activities I want to try. There's three different types of cheeses to make and a range of recipes that use up the whey left behind from the cheese making, including whey lemonade. I also want to try the beautifully photographed tutorials for making a plaster cast of your hand and making chalk. And we've already made the cornflour slime and cornflour chalk paint. The slime was already a regular activity in our household (it's become one of Daddy Eco's party tricks) and I know i'll be making the paint regularly from now on.

You can read my previous review of Action Pack ezine here and find out more here.

Play, Grow, Learn

Christie from Childhood 101 recently released yet another inspiring play resource: Play, Grow, Learn. Play, Grow, Learn is an e magazine full of 'playful activities and project ideas to make playtime that little bit easier for busy parents.'

I particularly enjoyed Kate's article on creating play scenes and Debbi's article on embracing messy play.

Brindle stick swag stick play

And there's an article by me on 'Sticky suggestions for incorporating natural objects in play'.

Stick play camp fire

Find or more about Play, Grow, Learn here.

How about you? Do you like to play? Do you have mental (or real) lists of play activities to work your way through? What is your favourite source of play inspiration?

p.s. It's Sustainable House Day this Sunday. I love that the day provides a perfect opportunity to sticky beak at other sustainable homes. Find sustainble houses in your neighbourhood here.