Imaginative Play With Tunnels

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Imaginative play is so important for kids! They get to use their imagination, problem solve, and adapt everyday items to be used in new and creative ways. We have a colorful tunnel that came with an indoor play tent — that more often than not, gets turned into a giant caterpillar, a silly outfit, or a sled.

PlayDrMom featured my ABCsI’ll share photos in just a moment, but first let me tell you about a related blog, Play Dr. Mom. Laura is a psychologist and registered play therapist here in Michigan, she has a lot of neat activities you might enjoy if you’re a parent (or even a grandparent). In her words: “I want it [my blog] to not only share the fun things we do, play, and create … but also WHY those things are SO important.” Today Laura is featuring the ABCs of BPhotoArt at her blog! You can get to know me a little better by reading the ABC style interview (there’s also a linkup of kid-friendly blog posts.)

Ok, now, onto the tunnel snapshots.  My toddler loves to hide in the tunnel and have someone find him.  But, you’ll notice the tunnel isn’t set up the “proper” way.  He prefers to make it a free-standing tube and wiggle it crazily.

Giggling Toddler in Tunnel - imaginative play -

Here we are again, another snapshot of him inside the crazy tunnel.  Reminds me a bit of hiding under the big parachute as a kid when it is moving wildly about.  Can’t tell he’s having fun, right?

Toddlers + Tunnel Play - imaginative play -

Calming down enough for one “say cheese” snapshot… with the promise of more peekaboo play in the tunnel.

Tunnels are Fun for Toddlers - imaginative play -

Finally, the tunnel was laid on the ground — used as a sled ride.  Good opportunity for a phone conversation while enroute!

On the phone in the tunnel - imaginative play -

10 Responses

  1. Clarissa Hooper

    My son LOVES playing with his tunnel! I was just thinking I should write a post with the different ways he uses it- you beat me to it though 😉 Rolling while inside of it and bouncing it around are favorite activities for him 🙂

  2. Betsy Finn

    Isn’t it great how they come up with unconventional uses, Clarissa? 🙂 After all…using it as just a tunnel is kind of limiting, hah.

  3. Amanda @artsy_momma

    Love these photos! I need to learn how to use my camera 🙂

  4. He looks like he’s having a blast! I think almost anything can be turned into something for imaginative play for young kids because, well, they’re just so imaginative! 😉

  5. Betsy Finn

    It’s a continual process, Amanda 😉 Fit it in by trial and error where you have time.

  6. Betsy Finn

    That is so true, Emma. They haven’t been trained to think inside the box yet!

  7. Gwenn Panny

    That’s why we should encourage creativity in our kids. Let their imagination come alive.

  8. Betsy Finn

    Exactly, Gwenn! It’s so fun to watch them use their imagination 🙂

  9. Tina Peterson

    Where did you get that tunnel? It looks way to big for my tiny apartment – but maybe we could take it to Preschool Playtime at the gym & SHARE it?

  10. Betsy Finn

    It came with a play tent — I just did a search on amazon and found a bunch of “play tunnels for kids” and “play tunnel and tent for kids” …our looks something like this play tunnel and tent (#afflink). The tunnel is 6 feet long, and collapses down flat.