Yeah, Rye and mindie given the chance will roll around, climb and jump all over my furniture. As it drives me batty because I only have a tiny lounge, and the mental risk assessment I am constantly doing, tells me it’s an accident waiting to happen. So instead I often take scooters and the children down to the park, which not only has great paths for whizzing around a really quite large park, but lots of different climbing frames, slides, swings etc. That is our get out, but I’m not in the mood to venture far park.
I do also have a wee park 30 seconds from my door, which is a useful retreat when the kids need some more outdoor time, but it’s nearing pick up time, or it’s the evening. (Rye and I often wander over for half hour after minded children have gone). However, I do find parks can stunt the children’s ability to play within natural surroundings, so I do ensure we often go to places where there isn’t play equipment - and so they have to make up their own games and use the environment around them; be it the beach, both the sandy and the shingle one, the forest, and for walks on the Downs.
And like PCC, I do find that Rye does needs inspiration to fire his imagination. The tree house does get quite a lot of play, but a lot of the time it’s Rye wrapping around the crane string around cars and hefting them up and down. So we’ve been enacting fairy tales on the tree house, and since doing that I’ve noticed much more imaginative play happening. Rye is also very much into building and creating at the moment. Loves using his connecting straws, and various blocks - although not the tree blocks so much - he’s liking uniformed blocks, lengths of wood. Rye has always enjoyed art and crafts so that figureds a lot too. Playdough is very popular here.
But that time outdoors is crucial for their behaviour to be tolerable and my sanity lol.