boy counting colourful peg dolls

creative ways to play

These creative ways to play will help kids grow their innate creativity and curiosity. This is important because these type of imaginative, open-ended play activities assist in a healthy mind’s development. Select a toy from the list or just scroll down to see all the activity ideas.

pencil spinning tops

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This video takes you through my top tips for setting up and using pencil tops.

draw a spin top picture

drawing spinning pencil top

spinning tops

boys playing outdoors with spinning tops

spinning top games

  • how long?

Time your top and see how long you can spin it for. Keep a record of your best time and challenge yourself and others to beat it. Alternatively, go head to head and see who’s spins the longest?

  • hit the target

This is a bit like bowls. First draw a target on the ground in chalk. From your starting spot, aim to spin your top towards the target and try to get it to stop in the centre of the target. Play alone or with a friend.

  • battle

My sons’ favourite! Spin your top towards your opponents and try to knock their top over or out of the arena. To create an arena simply draw a circle on the ground, mark out with masking tape or use a tray or plate. This game is also great fun when played with whipping tops.

  • skittles

Watching this fabulous vintage Skittles Spinning Top Game has given me an idea for a future toy but you could have a go at knocking anything down with your top. Experiment and see what you can knock over. How about a skittle, a building block, a toy figure or a pencil?

This fun video, Science is the Tops, explains why tops only stay upright when they’re spinning. Then shows how to make your own pencil spinning top out of card.

peg dolls

create your own pipkind

Pipkinds are simple peg dolls that allow kids to create their own play figures. There are 3 sizes and 6 different shapes, all safe for ages 0+. Each one comes with its own design card to support the character’s creation. At some events I offer a Pipkind drop-in workshop where I help kids to design and create a Pipkind using pens, pencils and recycled materials. Here’s just a few to inspire you.

make a mini movie

Stop motion’s a great way to introduce children to making up their own stories even from a young age. This short animation was created with my son Dexter (age 7) using a free stop motion app on my smart phone.

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FOOD- a stopmotion animation featuring my 2 favourite Pipkinds.

If you’d like to see more of our animations check out the Pipkind Adventures Playlist.

Don’t forget to share your stop motion stories using #pipkindadventures on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter.

wooden toy cars

Crafty cars are designed for toddlers to develop their motor skills and creativity. The hard wearing plant based varnish allows them to be rolled through play dough and even paint and then cleaned using a wet cloth.

paint a picture with your car

play with dough

wooden toy car making tracks in natural play dough
Making tracks in homemade sensory play dough.

make your own natural play dough

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Visit The Imagination Tree for this and more fantastic play dough recipes.

whipping tops

spinning technique

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How to wind up and spin a whipping top.

For games see spinning top games

creative play the natural way

Share your games and ways to play using the hashtag #creativeplaythenaturalway

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