What creative play do you love to see?

My daughters threw a big Barbie party and everyone was invited, including Diego. I am pretty sure Hugh Hefner is buried somewhere under there. I loved seeing the results of their play. I know they had a great time at their big Barbie party.

My daughters threw a big Barbie party and everyone was invited, including Diego. I am pretty sure Hugh Hefner is buried somewhere under there. I loved seeing the results of their play. I know they had a great time at their big Barbie party.

I was surprised a few Saturdays ago when I walked into the playroom and saw the Barbie party featured above. That’s 11 years worth of people giving Barbies at birthday parties and holidays.  Even though it was a giant mess I loved seeing the party the girls created together.

I also love to watch the girls paint. My 5-year-old loves to make mail for her friends. She writes messages to all her buddies and draws them pictures. She hums to herself as she works.

Rose has been painting while we listen to Harry Potter CDs. I work on annoying tasks like filing bills and Rose paints portrait after portrait.

I also love when they create games in the pool. With three blow-up rings, multiple water guns, and a water balloon catapult the fun is unlimited.

What are your favorite ways that your kids play? Post photos of your favorite Lego inventions, Barbie parties or dinosaur kingdoms on the AJC Momania Facebook page.

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June 13th, 2012
1:52 pm

I don’t really WATCH my children play, but I do love it anytime they can use their imaginations. Which usually means, they are outside.


June 13th, 2012
2:18 pm

I love getting videos of my niece doing “interpretive dance”. In other words, she flails around, moving her arms in circles, kicking and jumping, turning in circles, laughing out loud and enjoying herself. I sometimes wish I was still 4.


June 13th, 2012
3:11 pm

Wow…it’s the Barbie Dream Hoarder House. ;-)


June 13th, 2012
3:19 pm

When I taught…I loved it when the kids were singing their heads off while swinging on the playground. Their version of a song they learned was always funny! I also love to watch the kids make up games at our neighborhood pool. Some are remakes of the same one my kids played.


June 13th, 2012
4:18 pm

I love the singing, too. My first class had a couple of boys who would co-opt the broom and turn it into a guitar, while they sang, “Where, oh where, are you tonight? Why did you leave me here, all alone? I searched the world over and thought I found BUELA,…..” (supposed to be “true love”)

Church songs they burst into are also good.

My daughter, the first year she taught second graders, was blown away when they would burst into song while working. One day before Christmas they sang the entire 12 Days of Christmas! Totally, entirely unselfconsciously.

When I taught kindergarten (15 years) I loved to listen in to the block play and the housekeeping center. Amazing what you could surmise about their home lives. Watching them paint or play with clay or at the sand table was also good.


June 13th, 2012
4:29 pm

I love it when my kids build Lego houses, ships, or other structures of their own design (not the prepackaged kit designs), then play with the little Lego people on the structure they have made. They get to do some creative building, followed by imaginative play.


June 13th, 2012
4:45 pm

My baby is only 4 months old, and isn’t doing much…but I LOVE to watch him play with his toys and make new sounds. This is my first, and I am having a blast!

I also teach at an alternative school. I have students from grades 6-8. I enjoy watching them play at break…they play tag and race each other. It is neat to see kids (most who are in the court system and many who have already tried a variety of drugs) just be kids.

Fred ™

June 13th, 2012
5:08 pm

Holy beejeebers that’s a buttload of Barbies lol. What’s sad is that I think I can name most of them from the ones my daughter has.

I always make my daughter laugh because I dress her “boy” barbies up in girls clothes and vice versa when she forces ME to “play Barbies.”

As to what creative play I love to see? How do you decide? I love it all. Where does it come from? I remember a couple of years ago I said something about her being a “little” girl and she came back without even thinking, “I’m not little, I FUN SIZED.” I laughed so hard I cried. Play is fun.


June 13th, 2012
6:02 pm

OK…I have taught my kid quite a few skills, some that are very practical, and some that are just cool as hell to know and do.
The other day, I came home, and he had his friend huddled up near the shed where I waste my many of my own creative juices. I thought that maybe they were up to no good, like blowing something up that didn’t really need blowing up or some such mischief. I yelled, “Whatever ya’ll are doing, I am not paying for it, and your mothers will be mad and make my life miserable, so stop it right now!” As it turns out, my boy was showing his friend how to knap a Clovis point, and they had a pretty good start to what turned out to be a respectable, and usable, spear point…nice stone choice too. His friend had a good, light, and straight staff to fix the point and they had fashioned an Atlatll for throwing. They were going for mammoth, and 20,000 years ago would have had a fair shot at one.
Go and look it up, and you will see why that “creativity” warmed my shaggy heart.

FCM on my cell

June 13th, 2012
6:02 pm

Mine love to play iron chef & chopped…it is always interesting to hear what they made. They get creative about presentation too…especially outside.

American Idol is a big one too. Plus the proms. I even put up a disco ball in playroom.

Current favorite game is who can ignore mom the longest though.

FCM on my cell

June 13th, 2012
6:13 pm

Our barbie area looks similar to yours but with the HSM and town house, several cars, and a yatch. tBarbie survived the recession better than most.


June 13th, 2012
7:58 pm

Oh wow..I don’t think all of the girls in my entire family have ever had that many Barby dolls combined..I personally have never owned a single one..:-) As for what mine do, they love to do the restaurant game..They make up a menu, then I order, one cooks it, the other brings it to the table..Like FCM, mine also love the chopped game..They cook, then want to be judged on it..

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

June 14th, 2012
12:21 am

Becky — I used to play restaurant with my youngest while waiting to leave the allergist. you have to wait 30 mins after shots so we would kill time with her taking my orders and then pretending to prepare it.

I will miss terribly Lilina’s singing next year when she’s in school. It is one of my favorite things about her. She sings while she works and it is sooo precious!!! I also love when they bust out church songs.


June 14th, 2012
12:30 am

My youngest son loves to make things out of boxes and tape. He recently put together a cardboard pig and a box helmet (which he made inserts for so that it would fit his head better). His tape dispenser is one of his favorite, most-used gifts. He always has the tape, paper, scissors or other materials out to make new things.

I love anytime my kids play together. Pretend fighting with swords, making up games on the trampoline (a mix of hockey and dodgeball with brooms and plastic balls) or playing one-word-story. Even though 8 years separates the oldest and the youngest, the 3 of them still have fun together.

mystery poster

June 14th, 2012
8:34 am

My mother in law bought our family a video camera one Christmas. My kids used to make movies. Some were horror-type movies, some were star wars movies, some were pokemon movies (remember them?). They were fantastic! Many of them survived and I’m still amazed at the “production skills” that they had at such a young age. They make us laugh every time we watch them.


June 14th, 2012
10:11 am

@Penguinmom..I have about 200 paper airplanes and Titanic ships..The boy goes through a roll of tape and notebook a week..He also has his own desk top tape dispenser and a big tape gun..He loves them..


June 18th, 2012
9:43 pm

My son loves the whole box and tape thing too. He had an entire town with different sized boxes. He even had furniture and stuff on the inside made from paper and tape. It was pretty cool!