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Posts Tagged ‘imaginative play’

Pretend you are a giant octopus

Posted by freeschool on January 18, 2008

Not every kid likes “dress up,” and especially not most boys over a certain age.  My boys (9 and 10) still like dressing up, but only if it means wearing the garb of a medieval warrior (including weapons), ninja, monster, or pirate.

So, when I saw these tentacle arms for sale for only $15 an arm, I knew my boys would be enthralled with them.  I might buy them and hide them under their blankets, with just a slight bit of tentacle sticking out.

While we’ve been using our primitive, apelike arms like a bunch of jerks, the squids of the world have been clutching their prey with their superior tentacles and laughing at us. Until now! For the first time, you can have tentacles of your very own. Equipped with suction cups and plenty of creepy greenness.

And, speaking of giant sea creatures, you might want to listen to the related songs by Jonathan Coulton:

Note that not all kids will get JoCo’s humor like my kids do, nor will all parents find all of his songs appropriate.  The songs mentioned above have no swearing, but a few of his songs do.  Do your kids also like Weird Al Yankovic and Monty Python?
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Blast Off with a Cardboard Rocket House

Posted by freeschool on November 20, 2007

What kid wouldn’t like a play-house rocket?

The Paperpod Rocket is a fantastic resource to encourage role-play and stimulate your child’s imagination. Your young astronauts can decorate both inside and out before zooming off to distant planets to enjoy their own space adventure.

When done, it can be folded flat – an ideal storage solution. Use in the home, childcare setting, or school to create a personal touch. Excellent for children’s parties!

Price: £29.99

via GeekDad

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