In a world of video games, internet and You Tube I love that my son is completely unfazed and still enjoys good ‘ole imagination most of the time. I’ve had fun passing on some of my favorite games my brother and I grew up playing.
My brother and I used to spend hours rearranging chairs into trains and couch cushions into race cars. Often a rainy day activity when playing outside was off the table we had so much fun redecorating our living room and turning it into another world. For some reason I would find myself adorning the backs of each rail car with a handmade snowflake. Just a few of my favorite old school pastimes.
Train Conductor- Rearrange chairs into a train line. Someone to conduct the front (hat and train whistle optional) and someone to bring up the rear in the caboose.
Lemonade Stand- A large cardboard box is perfect for any kind of imagination. When transformed into a food truck, a.k.a. lemonade stand on wheels it becomes the perfect site for reenacting the You Tube hit, “The Duck Song”.
Fort- Simple as a blanket or sheet over a couple of chairs. It’s my favorite quiet time activity, the perfect hideout or reading corner. And the best part is destroying it when your through.
Snowflakes- All you need is a little paper and scissors. Throw in a little creativity to the mix. Another spin on this is paper doll strings.
Tin Can Phone- Simply two cans recycled with a nail hole in the bottom. String with a knot at each end.
note: The theory of a tin can is fun, but since nowadays they are made of steel they don’t work as efficient because of their rigid structure. You can utilize the same idea in the images above and replace with a paper cup to allow for more movement. The string isn’t as important Simple bakers twine or sewing thread is sufficient. As long as there isn’t any stretch.