Friday, 18 May 2012

An Invitation to Draw

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Invitation to Play Creative Mark-Making

I'm just popping in on my (sort of) screen-free day to share a little Invitation to Play I set out for the kiddos this week. I laid out a roll of paper, markers, felt pens, dot stampers and highlighters and a bunch of colourful magnetic letters (that pretty much get used in all our playtimes lately) - I had no plan for the letters, I thought Vinnie might like to draw round them (he's quite into drawing circles lately) or maybe colour on them. The point of an invitation is open-ended play, so it doesn't matter what I was planning - just that the set up looks inviting and attractive to a kiddo.

Mark Making and Letter Practise for Preschoolers

You can read more about our invitation to play scenes here, inspired by this post and this one from Childhood 101. Also be sure to check out The Imagination Tree's beautiful invitation to play set-ups. 


  1. It's so much fun to see their reactions :)
    We did an invitation post: Setting up a play story to start a conversation

  2. I love invitations to play. I did one today with my son and I was surprised how well it worked. Thanks for sharing this on Kids Co-op

  3. Hi Charlotte,
    Since I enjoy your site and blog posts, I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.

    If you’d like to read and repost the award, here’s the link:

    I look forward to reading more of your posts.


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