Aloha! Yvonne Leialoha here again! I’m currently dressed in my fanciest of fancy (yoga pants)… and reflecting this awesomeness is today’s spontaneous Tuff Spot, which I lovingly call – Better Gnomes and Gardens Tuff Spot, Island Style!
Right?! I knew you’d like it.
I had actually only planned to cut and fit the blue rug for later use, but after I started weighing it down with a few rocks to hold it in place it kind’ve just took on a life of it’s own till it was finished.
This type of Tuff Spot setup for me is different than regular play type setups. This is geared more towards children who are old enough to appreciate quiet and gentle, imaginative play. When I make these, I let my daughter play with it a bit first while my son, and his inner Tasmanian Devil tendencies (ala Looney Toons) is kept entertained separately so she can enjoy it how she likes without worry something will be broken or taken apart. When my son comes in to play, he does need reminders but it isn’t usually as bad as I sometimes worry about.
Here are the base materials I used for this setup:
– Blue artificial grass rug (3 x 3 feet) (local hardware store).
– Rainbow dyed white navy beans, and elbow macaroni (using liquid watercolors).
– Aquarium gravel (earthy colors)
– River rock (large, black)
– Flat back glass pebbles (large, blue)
– Cork bark (large, round)
– Wood serving tray
Other accessories used were:
– Rattan ball fairy lights (battery powered)
– Aquarium plants and accessories (neon colors, glitter)
– Fiddlehead Fairy village pumpkin house
– Selenite crystal skyscrapers
– Brazilian amethyst druzy cluster geodes (dyed)
– Decorative moss
– Bird cage wooden platform
– Terra Miniature Sea Animal (from Battat)
– Mini garden gnome figures (from Leisure Arts)
– Mini garden fairy figures (from Leisure Arts)
– Wood circles
The educational and developmental value in this kind of quiet play includes, but is not limited to:
– Enhancement of creativity
– Patience and self-reflection
– Exercise of focus and inner discipline
– Relaxation and release of tension
As a bonus, I hear quiet play can be relaxing for parents as well.
At the time of posting, my quiet-as-a-fairy daughter, Miss K, was 5… and my little Tasmanian Devil, Mr. O, was 3.
Yvonne Leialoha is an introverted night owl, and a perfectly imperfect mother of two. Along with with being way too over-excited about creating scenes and sensory play for the Tuff Spot, she loves playing with her food (and then photographing it for good measure). She has an incredible knack for adding new and creative ideas to an already infinitely long to-do list.