When Dexter was younger, especially in his first 2 years, I used to do so much with him. We did all sorts of messy play (that’s where the blog name came from). We did lots of fun sensory and explorative play. Went on nature walks to see what we could see. We explored his toys in different ways. We did lots of crafting and creative stuff and went to various baby clubs.
Once I became pregnant with Paisley, and we had to move house and various other life changes, we just slowed right down on all the fun things and just lately, especially with my awfully tiring and dreadful last pregnancy, we have pretty much ground to a halt on the fun!
I don’t want to be that mum. I don’t want to be the one that says oh let’s have an easy day of eating hot dogs in front of CBeebies or Paw Patrol – At least… not every day!
So what I’ve done is created an Instagram hashtag. I’ve created #PlayinTheTray to use along side any pictures I post on Instagram where we have used our tuff spot (or similar) for an activity. The idea being, that a few people will join in with the same #, thereby linking all the tuff spot posts together. We will be able to see each other ideas and comment and like them too.
It doesn’t have to be for messy play either. There are so many ideas of how it can be used for small world play, even just as a table top for mess free crafting or learning.
(Scroll to see more👉🏻) The kids got new wellies last week as the weather can’t seem to make up its mind what it wants to do. Since then the only bit of rain we’ve had hasn’t left enough for any puddles so we’ve not had chance to test them out. Welllllll sometimes in life you have to make your own opportunities…. and puddles! Another day of play in the #tuffspot #playinthetray
If you would like to join in with this hashtag, please, do feel free. I will try and make my way around them to like them and comment on as many as I can. If it builds a decent community I may even start sharing some of my favourites in re-grams or blog posts but we’ll see how it goes. You can see all the current posts here.
Also, thanks to Julie over at PonderingParenthood for the inspiration on this post. She has also started a new Instagram hashtag