We've a new series, 'creatively' entitled Kid Forest and the Imagination Trunk. Essentially it's Ozzy and a trunk, and over the year we'll be filling the trunk with costumes, toys to fire the imagination outdoors and household items, hopefully showing some ways to inspire making outdoor play even more imaginative and creative.
For many, playing in the woods is something that happens at weekends and for some less often, for us it's a part of everyday life. It's something we all love and you don't need an Imagination Trunk to enjoy the woods - but as we are finding, it makes things a much more fun!
First in the trunk, a costume pack from Fafu and a handful of ribbons...
The ribbons we acquired from a local wool shop. We chose 2 metre long lengths in four different colours which came to the princely sum of £2.60. We tied them to a long branch to swoosh and run with - and once they grew tied of carrying the branch we tied the ribbons to their wrists and they loved running pretending to be kites.
Fafu is a small Icelandic company, ran by Hulda and Tom that creates learning tools for children with a touch of Icelandic kookiness for happy playing.
Fafu strives to be gentle with the planet and the children using their products, so all of Fafu's costumes are from natural materials like organic cotton, silk and wool and made by a fair trade producer in Nepal. The costumes are of a beautiful quality and will withstand the rigours of play (and walking!)
Fafunian costumes form Fafu come in different packs, all brightly coloured and all unisex - perfect for those wanting to steer clear of the stereotypical gender styled costumes out there. You can see Ozzy here wearing the Andy Leikur Creative Play Costume. He loved the amount of hand / arm holes in the 'Andy' poncho style top.
"Which ones do I put my hands through mummy?"
'Any ones you like!'
His little face lit up with a mix of happiness and mischief moments before he started exploring the combinations - at one point he had an ankle through a hole too! The Andy can also be worn as a skirt - and that's a recurring theme throughout Fafu's costumes - there's no one way anything meeds to be worn - it's all about letting children use their imaginations. In this setting Ozzy chose to become a Forest Super Hero!
Another benefit of the bright colours means you can spot your child from a distance - handy if they like to hide!
We loved how the purple scarf matched the heather...
So the first two items into Kid Forest's Imagination Trunk are:
Four 2 metre lengths of ribbon from our local Wool Shop
I am already deciding what to add next, in the meantime there'll be plenty more of this...