Ways to Play in January

by Amy on January 2, 2011

Happy New Year! I hope 2011 is treating you well so far – I do love the sense of possibility that the new year brings.

One of my goals for the year is to provide resources that will encourage you to play everyday with your kiddos. With that goal in mind, I have a download for you!

Each month this year, I will have a one-page download that highlights 10 (or so) fun and simple ways to play and engage with your kids. The activities will not require a lot of materials or instructions. I will try to include activities that appeal to a wide-variety of age levels, too.

10 Ways to Play in January is ready to download! I plan to print this and hang it on my fridge. I’m pretty sure my girls will want to check-off each activity. I am definitely looking forward to having a go-to list when my creativity is lacking.

Download 10 Ways to Play in January.

I hope you and your kids enjoy playing together this month!

Speaking of the new year, is there anything special you would like to see here at Let’s Explore in 2011? I would love to hear your suggestions and feedback!


Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids January 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Wow, what a great New Year’s gift. My resolution this year is more intentional one-on-one time with my kids each day. This is just what I need and it’s even stylish enough to keep on the fridge. Thanks!!

Amy January 2, 2011 at 10:23 pm

What a wonderful resolution – and a fun one, too! Glad you like the printable – enjoy! :)

dana January 3, 2011 at 4:48 am

cool! thanks! these are great ideas and i’m sure the kids will love reading them and deciding which one they want to do first!

Astrid January 3, 2011 at 4:51 am

I wanted to thank you for your recommendation for the microscope and “The Complete Book of the Microscope”. The girls got these as gifts and we’ve had lots of fun with our microscope! :)

We’re going to need lots of ideas for playing inside on very cold, windy days.

Amy January 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Yay! So glad you are enjoying the microscope – so are we! :)

Jen E @ mommablogsalot January 3, 2011 at 6:44 am

I love this! Printing it right now!

Jess January 3, 2011 at 12:38 pm

this is great- THANKS!

Mel January 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Thank you so much! I’m looking forward to doing all of these with my daughters.

Jenn January 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Thank you for these fantastic ideas! My girls and I will have so much fun!

Christy January 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Yay, we’ll join in too! Thanks for making this easy and fun!

I can’t wrap my brain around number 1, lol, do you paint the snow with this paint, or is it just that it looks like snow?

Amy January 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Just looks like snow! Probably wouldn’t be much good for painting the snow… :)

Amy January 3, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Thanks everyone for all your positive feedback – made my day! Please let me know if your kiddos enjoy the activities! :)

Stacy January 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm

What cool ideas, thanks!!

Jenny January 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Really great ideas, thank you so much. The layout of the document was really fun as well!
I am just starting to get my children ready to homeshool and am just setting up a space and collecting resources. Your site has been wonderful! Thank you for all of your ideas, effort and time!

Joy January 4, 2011 at 7:52 am

Thanks for this fun printout. Our family resolution is to have more quality and fun time together as a family. This will definitely be helpful!

Renee January 4, 2011 at 11:17 am

What a great idea, thanks for posting and sharing. I run a daycare and I am alway stumped for new ideas for imaginative play.

JDaniel4's Mom January 4, 2011 at 11:49 am

Free dancing is favorite at your house. Love your idea!

Rachel January 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Oh how fun, what a great idea! Thanks so much for a month of fun, I’ll be linking.

Tami January 4, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Hey blogger friend, I love your blog and I think you really deserve an award which is waiting for you at my blog! I am so happy I found you!

Amanda January 5, 2011 at 6:10 am

What an amazing idea, thanks for sharing! With 21 month old twins I do struggle some days for new ideas, look forward to seeing what else you suggest

Michelle January 10, 2011 at 4:48 am

I’m thankful for this!! I can’t wait to have some fun!

Chelli January 17, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Thank you! I’m printing this off right now and I can’t wait for next month.

Teresa Clark January 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Thanks so much for this. We have loved it.

Sarah January 4, 2012 at 2:04 am

i wish there was a southern hemisphere version, lol
i love this idea! xo

Danielle January 5, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Thank you so much for this inspiring gift! So simple, and so obvious that cool ideas like these just don’t occur to me :0). LOVELY IDEAS!!!

laura January 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I love this! Thanks for sharing your great ideas!

meredith January 11, 2012 at 5:35 pm

awesome ideas-I vowed to get down on the floor with my kids more, aka-do cool stuff together. – thank you- I might have to reblog about this!

Corie January 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I love this idea! Thanks so much!!

Janae January 14, 2012 at 11:48 am

Thank you for this great resource! I am decidedly uncreative but love to do new things with my kids. I am trying to spend more time really being WITH them and not just around them. This will help me so much. I’m grateful for creative souls who share their gifts with the world.

Kiasa January 2, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Amy, I’m so grateful your “Ways to Play” is still up and available. I did these with my daughter 3 years ago when we did homeschool preschool and now I’m excited to get to do this again with my 3 and 4 year old boys. They will loves these fun things (me too!!).

Amy February 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Thank you, Kiasa, for letting me know that your family is still enjoying the Ways to Play printables. Makes me so, so happy! Can’t wait to pull these out with my little guy in a few years, too.

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