This morning, dress up, Celtic music, and colorful squigz kept all four kiddos happily occupied for hours.
“Phah!” I hear you say.
“An absolute winkdoodle.” You say.
“It is simply impossible Jeeves,” you claim, “Kids can’t possibly occupy themselves for hours at a time without screens. It just isn’t done.” I hate to point out that you sound as skeptical as someone’s Aunt Agatha.
But it can be done, and indeed has been done for ages before screens enter the picture, and it happened here today.
Usually sticks and a bit of mud are what fills the bill, but since the mud is currently frozen under yet more snow, today we settled for a more eclectic assortment of play.
The dress up is courtesy of various goodwills, items mostly gathered by aunts (the fun kind of aunt, not the kind who try to marry off insipid nephews to hearty women of firm disposition.) The sound track was Pandora celtic somethingorother. The squigz are the thing I wanted to tell you about. *I do not receive compensation for this review; Squigz and Timberdoodle have no idea who I am, nor did I receive a discount for this review*
After we brought Roman and Angelina home and found ourselves homeschooling, my husband requested the Timberdoodle catalog which I mentioned here. I promised to share some of the items we ordered and here I am, nearly a year and a half later, making good on that promise. The squigz were ghastly expensive at $49.95 but the occupational therapist in me could not say no to such a versatile therapy play creation. We were just starting out on the long road for Roman’s multiple therapies. He gets home visits for occupational, physical, and speech therapy weekly, but he also gets therapy daily from therapist mom. I was trying to find durable therapy items that would double as actual play for all our kids. At the same time, my husband and I were trying to intentionally build up a collection of toys that would span ages and see years of creative play. These suckers nailed it.
My kids do not play with squigz every day, but I’m guessing that is mostly due to the fact that the container of squigz was packed away in an unopened box still hanging out after our move. Since being rediscovered, they have reclaimed their place as a favorite activity for both individual play and group play.