Invitations to play are simply set ups of toys, play materials, loose parts, art materials, etc organised to provoke creativity and open-ended play. The magic of it is watching your child discover the opportunity and watch their inspiration unfold as they play with the activity in any number of ways.
Since our trip to the art museum with their Light Play exhibit, invitations that feature light, shadow and reflection are favourites here.
Many other bloggers have shared the benefits of setting up such invitations, I’m not entirely sure who it was that I saw it from first.
I think the best indication of how engaging an activity will be is whether it makes you want to play and create.
Australian animals and loose parts play provocation
Often, these invitations to play are suitable for several age groups, so they lend themselves to some lovely cooperative play as well.
Need more ideas? Try taking it outside, setting up explorations with an overhead projector, or use sand like in the easy beach play tray I set up for Lulu. It can be an elaborate set up or very simple. Try it and watch the magic response.