Simple fun: masking tape and wooden blocks
It's school holidays here at the moment. Aaron and Hannah have gone to stay with friends for a night, so I've only had the four youngest boys with me all afternoon (and most of tomorrow). Unfortunately they are all sick (high temps, rosy cheeks, persistent coughing) which means that, although the weather has been beautifully clear, I can't send them outside, or take them for a walk or to a playground.
Thankfully I remembered this masking tape that I'd hidden away in my cupboard for a day just like this. This is the most expensive roll of masking tape I have ever bought, but the boys were so impressed with it! We've built roads from the playroom into the mud room and the lounge, so that we have our town in the mudroom and Albany (where Grandma and Grandad live) in the lounge.
And then we salvaged some timber off cuts from Dad's workshop and went to work with sharpies. I spent a few minutes drawing some buildings, and then left the boys to draw their own.
This was a good solid afternoon of play, and I know that we can eke it out for a few more days yet, especially if we set up wooden train tracks along side and over the roads tomorrow. The biggest challenge, as always, will be for me to ignore the 'mess'!
Oh, and if you can't spend $20 on a roll of masking tape, I'm sure that ordinary masking tape with hand-drawn lines will also work a treat.
Here are some other links to inside day masking tape play:
– a table top city
– a maze
– and if you really feel like a creative challenge, check out this masking tape town.