I’ve written before about my firm belief in the importance of free play. Here’s what it’s looked like in our house lately.

Rolling bocce balls off the front porch (often while waiting for Daddy to get home from work).

Now that I’ve moved her crafting supplies to an easy-to-reach shelf, drawing is an everyday occurrence around here. She’s going through a phase where she only puts a line or a dot on a piece of paper and declares the paper unworthy of further use. The bad news is we’re going through scrap paper like crazy. The good news is I’m working my way through the rest of our college and grad school materials to find her more scrap paper.

One day our daughter handed us the masking tape and asked us to help her make a spider web. She loves running under, climbing over and finally destroying the spider webs.

Duplos are one of her new favorite toys. There’s always a tower or robot or birthday cake being built.


My kiddo has also instructed me to save all our receipts because she gets such a kick out of playing store and pretending to sign the receipt.

And what would free play be without a box to hide in?

What has free play looked like in your house lately?