Emma (5) and Kara (3) have enjoyed spending time playing with me and I have found myself reliving my early homeschool and parenting days as we played with my daughter’s old toys and dress-up clothes that we took out of storage.
Currently, we are also enjoying watching the “Little House on the Prairies” DVD series. These stories are beautifully portrayed and moms and dads are also encouraged by the wonderful values and skills taught by Charles and Caroline Wilder to their children.
My little grandies, Emma and Kara love wearing their bonnets and calico aprons that I sewed for my three daughters over 15 years ago. These simple dress-up clothes have served my children for years and they were adapted to suit many themes and eras in the stories I read aloud.
All my girls needed to act out scenes from stories in our living books were a long skirt, an apron and a bonnet. They have happily played and re-enacted scenes from the Little House books as well as Anne of Green Gables, Little Princess, What Katie Did, The Secret Garden, Pollyanna, and Jane Austen stories! I even made my younger daughter boned corsets for their dressing up.
I have shared several posts on encouraging your children’s freedom to play ~
- Children should be free in their play
- Freedom to play
- Letter 3 – Unique Individuals
- Letter 27 – Creativity
Here are some of my Little House blog posts ~
- Childhood simplicity “Little House” style
- Our 3-dimensional model of “Little House in the Woods”
- What little Girls and Little Boys Should Be Taught
- A Little House Notebook
Give your children something innocent and inspiring to focus on and act out. They need the freedom to play and be creative. Read aloud to them and then give them the time to be free to play.
Here’s wishing you and your family safe and happy moments in this unprecedented time.