Day 1 – 30 Days To Transform Your Play

30 Days to Transform Your Play - Day 1Oh I feel like I have been working away at this little series for so long now and really can not wait to get started. So here it finally is;

30 Days to Transform Your Play

I am always so appreciative when you guys take the time to email me with your thoughts, stories and questions. This series was designed for you. This isn’t a series about creating play experiences for your child; we all have Pinterest for that.

This is a series about using that inspiration and creating play experiences and play spaces which appeal to the interests of your child; connecting experiences so your child can further their interests and deepen their play.

We will post a new task each weekday with a chance to catch-up on any of the week’s tasks on the weekend.

First up I have a question for you,ย Why do you want to make changes to the play experiences you create for your children?

I think it is important to identifyย whyย you want to make changes otherwise if you’re anything like me, your motivation will soon wear off and you’ll go back to what you are familiar with doing.

If you can say why you want to make changes, you will be more likely to continue to make small changes to your home, be more aware of the toys and materials which come into your home, see different opportunities for play and learning and persevere with lifestyle changes which might prove challenging or overwhelming at first.

We’ve got lots of things planned this month including:

  • identifying interests
  • improving a play area
  • choosing and arranging toys and materials
  • creating opportunities through play and exploration for your child to represent their ideas and learning
  • creating play experiences and explorations which invoke a sense of wonder and discovery whilst appealing to your child’s individual interests

If you haven’t already done it, make some time to complete your homework from last week; you’ll need that information soon. You are of course welcome to move through the series at your own pace; whether it takes you a day or a week for each task, it doesn’t matter. This series is intended to inspire and empower you to see your children’s play in a new and different way.

Ok. Let’s get started.

DAY 1: Why do you want to make changes to the way you approach your child’s play?


48 Replies to “Day 1 – 30 Days To Transform Your Play”

  1. I’ve been so excited for this series! I’m keeping a journal for my “homework”. Thanks so much for all of your inspiration!

    1. Viiv Haines says:


      1. Viiv Haines says:

        I wonder if Ike would enjoy activities that involve pushing and pulling, large and small movements play dough, pushing balls down/up slopes, in and out of tubes etc.

  2. I’m really excited about this series. Not so much for my daughter who is almost five. Because I feel that over the past five years together I have really come to know her well, her interests and what she loves to play.

    My little boy, Ike, who is 16 months old is a completely different boy. I’m not sure whether that is at all related to gender or not but I’m struggling to provide him with stimuli that interest him. I also need to focus on the way he plays…not just what he wants to play. At the moment, He wanders around ‘aimlessly’ a little. Not interested in much at all but moving and balls ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m looking forward to the guidance that I think will come from this series….but more than that- reading about other people’s experiences and opening my eyes to ideas I hadn’t thought about.

  3. I’m interested in how you can better utilise the resources you have rather than feeling you need to keep buying toys to make activities interesting. I do rotate toys but am interested in how they can be engaged in varying ways.

    1. Amazing and exciting!!

      1. Mom's Billy says:

        Im really interested in this approach. I would like to employ it as the way to early educate my 15-month-old boy. But i have no idea of how to create the play area for him because he is so young that he can take anything appealing him into his mouth, or in other words, he likes using his mouth to explore everything around him in spite of the fact that it is good or not for his health. Please give me advice. Thanks a lot.

    2. We have a day for just that Miranda – Using materials in different ways. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Wonderful!

  4. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into this, I need a bit of a revamp and refresh around here.

  5. I am a family day care educator so I have many little people I am needing to inspire. I would love to see how I can use some of this to benefit everyone I care for. I also really need to reorganise my space so that the children can greater engage their imaginations

    1. What are the ages of the children in your care? Do they come to you full-time? What types of activities and play do they usually enjoy and what kinds of things do you usually prepare for them? I am thrilled to have you joining us for the series ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This is wonderful ๐Ÿ™‚ I really like the idea of enhancing and extending play, especially for Eli (3.5) now that Lily (5.5) is off to school. He is becoming his ‘own boy’ and I want to understand better how to enhance and encourage his interests. We have always enouraged independent play, and they do a lot of imaginitive play (toys rarely get used, to be honest!) but he is starting to really get into playing with more structured things – in the last week I have (mentally) noted how into puzzles (huge!), lego, duplo, blocks and animals he is getting. So – excited to be able to extend these interests further through ‘invitations’. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hi i thought this might be a good tool to use in our childcare centre to help inspire our educators to think outside the box!!!

  8. Hi, really looking forward to this series.
    Why do I want to change the way I approach my 2.3year old son’s play?
    I’ve become lazy, he adores play food/kitchen/chef role play so much that we use this wherever and whenever. This is great, and he clearly loves it… but it would be nice to approach from a different angle.

  9. Lately , I have noticed my five year old son is talking a lot while playing , like holding his lego creation in hand and going Blah .. Blah … Lot of imaginative story going on and conversation. Mostly during free play and the other day even in the store cart , I just picked a toy from toys aisle and gave him. The whole time I was shopping he played with the toy … And kept talking like here comes the plane, there it goes… Blah is this ok ? It’s just started in march , so what is this ? Iam looking to forward to learn through this series. Thank you!

  10. My first daughter is really good at playing independently and playing with friends or her younger sister. She plays well in imaginative play type situations and can create ‘something from nothing’. From a baby we had her play ‘near mum’ ‘with mum’ and ‘away from mum’ and I feel like she still reflects this well.
    Our second daughter however, is really clingy and seems to need constant adult ‘help’ or ‘stimulation’ to keep her play going. I know this is also an age thing (she’s 20 months) but I can see differences in her compared with her sister. She is much more outdoorsy and physical… always on the go.
    So I’m really keen to see what wisdom you ladies can impart upon me! ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  11. This series is soooo exciting. I have decided to do my homework religiously, so I am reflecting on my blog. Can’t wait to see other mums’ responses ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I’ve been looking forward to this series, and I will be following along.

    Jasper is now almost 19 months old and I find we’re at a turning point in his development. I’ve been having trouble getting the materials on his shelves right this month, and I’m interested in conquering the ensuing chaos.

  13. This is such a wonderful idea! I’ve been wanting to encourage deeper play with my 2.5 year old, but have been feeling stuck and uninspired… This series should change that! I also would like to think more about my 8-month old’s play… I’m worried she’s getting lost in the shuffle
    And would like to create interesting opportunities for her, too!

  14. Why? I am SO looking forward to this series because I am hoping to extend the play of both of my children – 3.5 year old girl and 18 month old boy. My daughter is SOOO imaginative, but I am noticing her play stills seems to go quickly from one thing to the next (even after a MAJOR declutter and reorganizing) because we have too much stuff!! She can and does (sometimes) play for hours with just two fairies and I am hoping to help continue that deep story telling by transforming my space and really focusing in on her interests. My son (18 months) LOVES the kitchen set and spoons and stirring so I am hoping to get some more ideas for him. If he is not in the kitchen he is painting, coloring, or drawing — or dumping ever bin on the shelf out ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am still hoping to get rid of some (more) plastic things and bring in more natural materials/play things into our space.

    What are your thoughts on character toys?? I am torn because my daughter loves them (princesses/Little People) and she does go beyond the books with her play. From what I have read they say the limit creativity, but she still makes up her own stories and extend FAR beyond what we have seen or read so I would love you hear thoughts on that!!

  15. I’m keen to follow along too! I’m constantly culling our toys, and lamenting the poor use of space in our playroom. I have an 8,6,4 and 2 year old, so getting some ideas for how to cater for them all meaningfully would be wonderful. I often hear from them that they are bored – and I wonder if what’s available to them is limiting their creativity.

  16. Hi, I’m also looking forward to your posts ๐Ÿ™‚
    I saw this on Pinterest right when I needed it. My daughter is 2.5 years old and I have noticed lately that her concentration and interest in play have changed, she doesn’t play or concentrate as long as she used to and I don’t seem to get the activities right for her in the last 2-3 months, she likes them for a while but very soon loses interest. I’m trying to change things for her, try new toys etc but I’m missing something I think.
    I think a month of concentrating on the subject in an organized way will help.

  17. I have a soon to be 1yr old and Im planning to create a mini Reggio inspired play/art space in her bedroom and our home…. What brand of toys do you recommend for younger kiddies? Looking for natural-wood materials…..

  18. This is such a fabulous series and I’ve been enjoying following along on your blogs, FB and using the IG hashtag.

  19. I’m so excited to follow along with this series. I love the idea of pooling so many fab ideas into a month of inspiration from two of my favorite blogs… will be so useful. Thank you!

  20. Looking forward to start with this. I’ll write our experiences on our blog.

    1. I hope you enjoy it and find see play in a new and inspiring way. I look forward to following along with your experiences.

  21. Audrey Ruiz Gavidia says:

    I really want to engage on this program.. I really need this work to be done with my 10months old baby girl.. She has too many toys and seems not to care about them..

  22. Merran Bardsley says:

    Can’t wait to get started!

  23. Hi I thought this will help me inspire each day and create a different environment for my preschool children to enjoy each day.

    1. Hi Daljit, I hope you enjoy the series and find it helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions.

  24. Hello. I would like to be part of your 30 day change play.

  25. Pachi jimenez says:

    Im so happy to know your blog my kid have 2 1/2 we live in Dominican Republic , an island in the caribean, and i try to improve the curiosity on me , reading and i try to learn more about Reggio Inspired , Montessory , i work in education area like and architect , and i work soporting a family home day care , creating new spaces for learning areas , and having fun outdoor with the kids, My son is so exiteted about losse parts , nature materials , Grimms wodden toys , Animals ….he love nature hunt and explore nature .we have to much materials at home , but we need organize the space at the playroon……i love it to do with you and your 30 DAYS TO TRANSFORM YOUR PLAYโ€ we are on instagram like pachijimenez and collect_moments_designstudio .My mother home day care on onstagram is kiddosplayandlearn ..please follow us!!!!

  26. Hi,
    I m wondered. I need start whit the new play way forma muy kids. Im from Chile, and i lived un Melbourne. Here i saw a marvelous things. Please can you send the information forma start the change un 30 days? Thanks a lot. Chiers.

  27. Im starting whit this plan. My kids รกre 8, 5 and 15 months. One girl and (oldest), 2 boys. I think the regio Emilia materiales รกrea the bestia for my proyect. I start forma make a wodden blocks whit three branches. I hope all been great. Sorry forma muy bad english. I spewk spanish at first lenguaje. Chiers.

  28. We are so excited to finally begin this journey. I look forward to sharing our progress on our Blog and at Instagram. You are an inspiration to me everyday. Thank you Kate!

  29. I am so excited to learn more about this!

  30. Hi!
    I wanted to share a link of our journey on my blog! Thanks for the inspiration, Kate!

  31. My daughter is 2.5 and she doesn’t play with half the toys she has, despite frequent culling. Often they end up on the floor and I am just picking them up. Or she throws them during a tantrum even less fun. I also wonder if too much adds to less attention span?

  32. Mom's Billy says:

    Im really interested in this approach. I would like to employ it as the way to early educate my 15-month-old boy. But i have no idea of how to create the play area for him because he is so young that he can take anything appealing him into his mouth, or in other words, he likes using his mouth to explore everything around him in spite of the fact that it is good or not for his health. Please give me advice. Thanks a lot.

  33. I am the head of 3 groups of 3/4yr olds and feel that our day is possibly too structured and planned. Would love to bring new excitement, fresh approach to encouraging our little ones to discover as they play and help them to become secure, confident and motivated.

  34. I am really looking forward to implementing this!
    My child is 6 and goes to kindergarten now, but is developmentally delayed (operates at about 2-4 years old) and needs a LOT of supports at home. I have been wanting to change up how we do therapeutic play and learning at home, this is just the thing to help keep me on task to making the space a better place to learn and play.
    Thank you!

  35. Ailsa Hartley says:

    I want to create more natural and inspiring learning spaces which inspire children to want to explore and investigate and have a sense of wonder. I feel my ideas are still the same as they always have been and I want to learn new and deeper ways of creating beautiful and meaningful environments

  36. I’m so inspired to get started, I want to make my childs imagination explode!

  37. I can’t wait to start changing my childs play area

  38. I was told by a friend that i should read up on this, i must say i look forward to putting what i am learn into practise. i started working at a daycare center and i really what the children to learn through play. Thank you so much to opening my eyes to refreshing ideas.

    1. Thank you so much Ruth ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy the series and find it helpful

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