The Play Card Co Play Ideas
The beautiful Zara from @zaras_play_tribe has been on a mission to share the joy and SIMPLICITY of play with the world, teaching families and educators how to use play to make their lives easier! Zara is now sharing her ideas and knowledge with others through THE PLAY CARD. A deck of 24 simple play idea cards, to bring laughter to your home, give time back to parents all whilst entertaining the kids!
The Explorer Cards- Preschooler- Young school age
By this stage, they’ve (hopefully) learned that knives are sharp, nail-polish isn’t lipstick, and the dog would prefer to not share his water bowl with a human. They can follow instructions (mostly) and play independently. The ‘explorer’ deck is bursting with ideas for natural exploration and independent play, all while teaching problem-solving skills in a fun and engaging way. You’ll find simple and safe science experiments, unexpected adventures, and family game ideas.
The Silent Assassin- Older Toddler
These little ones have mastered mobility and are now more inquisitive than ever. They’re bolder, braver, and far more likely to use your expensive makeup on the goldfish. This is the time when silence is not golden, it’s downright suspicious.
They’re also becoming fun in a new and exciting way. Their language is developing, and their little personalities are really evolving. This is a great time to introduce new activities and new ways of thinking. This deck of cards keeps cheeky brains working on productive tasks, including the introduction of ‘dangerous’ play, heuristic play, and ideas to burn energy indoors.
The Tummy Timer- Baby
We’ve got no doubt the midwife or paediatrician has told you the importance of tummy time. It strengthens their back, neck, arms and legs, and teaches them to pivot and reach (the precursors to crawling). The problem is, we’re yet to find a little one who simply adores being on their tummy.
Before long, they’re whining and whimpering, and that coffee you just made is left to go cold.
The ‘tummy timer’ deck will not only give you a moment with a hot cuppa, it will create a happy baby who loves playing on their tummy. The activities in this deck can also be done on their back, providing a great distraction during nappy changes!
The Sit Up Champion-
The ability to sit unassisted is one of many exciting milestones. You can finally put them down while you cook dinner or CEO a multi-national conglomerate.
Encourage them to sit for longer while stimulating their ever-growing brain. This brain can often feel frustrated at their lack of mobility or ability to get objects that are out of reach. Each idea not only entertains, it teaches fine and gross motor skills, language skills, cause and effect, tactile discrimination, and more.
You’re probably picturing chunks of eggshell in the cake batter, but don’t worry. That’s not what the play recipes are.
This deck contains simple recipes to create play supplies. Think cloud dirt, slime, air dry clay, and glue you can make yourself. When we allow children to actually create their supplies, we fire up a whole lot more of their ever-growing brains.
Every recipe uses simple, grocery story supplies that are inexpensive and easy to find. Each recipe includes 2 different ways to play with the finished product.
Outdoor Adventure -
It seems every childhood specialist is telling us to get our kids playing outside, and for good reason. The list of benefits is seemingly endless, but at the very least, you can expect improved motor skills, improved muscle strength, improved peer-to-peer relationships, and greater overall health. If you’re anything like us, you lived outside as a child. There were no iPads or on-demand TV shows. We were outside from dawn until the streetlights came on, and could swat a mosquito with the best of them.
Unfortunately, our children are growing up in a different world from what we lived in. It is, understandably, tricky sometimes to encourage them to go outdoors. Screens are incredibly tempting, and children are often left wondering how to have fun outside.
The ‘outdoor adventure’ deck is bursting with simple, fun ideas to get the family outside and playing together. Inside the deck are equipment-free games to be played anywhere, as well as fun, innovative, and simple setups for your backyard.
If your child is anything like many others, they’re super into science experiments. Maybe they’re dabbling in science at school, or love watching homemade volcanos erupt on the YouTube. Or maybe you’re just desperate to get them away from those screens and into something educational.
The problem is, a quick search of ‘science experiments for kids’ will have you trying to source yellowcake uranium and scheduling an appointment with your local shaman. If your mortar and pestle aren’t made from gold-lined Spanish marble, there’s no point in even trying….. until now.
All 22 science experiments in this card deck are simple, fun, and can be made from supermarket items (many of which you probably already have at home).
Now you can reduce the number of times you hear ‘I’m booooooored’, spark curiosity, and create a fun love of learning without sacrificing a kidney to pay for it all. Who knows, your child could even become the very next scientist who changes the world.