The bread and butter of my blog centres around play. Yet curiously enough, I don’t spend much time playing WITH my children. I set up. I supervise. If it’s really interesting play, I take a zillion photos. I clean.

This week I’ve tried to consciously spend more time playing with my kids, especially one-on-one (this isn’t always possible with four kids at home). I don’t spend hours playing with them, but aim for at least 15 minutes. It’s been so enjoyable! I try and resist the urge of taking photos, but some moments are just too good to miss, so I take a quick snap shot with my phone camera. Here’s my favourite Instagram of the week:

Here are some colourful inspirations for playing with your children from last week’s Weekly Kids’ Co-op:

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Weekly Kids Co-op
June 2012

About the author

Pauline Pauline & Lessons Learnt Journal is all about life with kids. Pauline is an Aussie mum and teacher who shares her love for play, math games, writing and reading activities. She believes that #playmatters, values curiosity & wonder, wisdom, obedience and respect. She also needs naps. When not blogging, she may be found virtually hoarding on Pinterest, trying to decide which Instagram filter to apply, or compulsively refreshing her Facebook feed.