Invitation to play is a well explored concept in the parenting blogosphere. I think it is the imagination tree that started this, atleast thats where I found out about this interesting apprach to encouraing creativity.
What is invitation to play? In general, it is an interesting and novel combination of playing materials. it could also be, in case of lazy moms like me, old materials simply set up in a new scenario, that encourages n a novel experience.
An invitation to play is, almost always, open ended, the set up is simple, and invites children to experiment.
Here is this morning's invitation to play. It is the holidays and early morning messes are allowed and encouraged.
Cornflour, water and food coloring in mushroom containers, water and brushes, and here is the catch - the staircase
Anjali has this idea of doing this the next time we have Friday playdate at our house and making it a teamwork painting session - girls versus boys on different flights of steps to determine whose painting looks the most beautiful