Moving The Fun Playtime Indoors {Hot Wheels Giveaway}


As the fall approaches and the days get cooler we find ourselves playing inside the house more and more. We still take advantage of our backyard and do lots of activities outdoors but indoor play starts to become a part of our daily routine.

We recently organized the boys rooms and after switching my eldest son’s toddler bed to a twin bed we did some cleaning and ended up donating a few bags of old toys.  We spent an entire day cleaning and sorting toys and we set up baskets for him to keep his favourite toys, the ones he uses the most, all organized in their own place. We now have a basket for his Hot Wheels cars, one for his building blocks, and one for pretend play costumes; we also have a few baskets for books and a big toy box with all of his other toys.

I found that spending the time to sort all of his toys and give them dedicated areas has been great help with keeping his room tidy. He can now take toys from one area to play with them and then put them away to play with something else.


We have all of his Hot Wheels racetracks set up in one area and he has lots of fun playing with them. I love that he can get creative when building the racetracks and he can play on his own or with his little brother. He also loves it when I help him set up his racetracks and when we race his cars together. Lots of fun for all!


How do you encourage your little ones to use their imagination when playing?


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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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66 responses to “Moving The Fun Playtime Indoors {Hot Wheels Giveaway}”

  1. Amy Heffernan — September 15, 2015 @ 10:50 am (#)

    I always give my son lots of different toys and objects to encourage his imagination! 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Christina — September 15, 2015 @ 10:52 am (#)

    We have dress up time, reading time and I usually keep cardboard and let them go nuts decorating or cratering things .. Imaginations are wild!

  3. Jill — September 15, 2015 @ 11:15 am (#)

    my two middle boys would play (as still do occasionally still) “family”. They would be me and my husband. It was so cute. I would play along with them and encourage it. The younger of the two even had a baby at the midwife’s when I was pregnant and had my daughter.

  4. Stephanie Marcus — September 15, 2015 @ 11:38 am (#)

    He has lot of toys to choose from. My oldest loves to dress up and pretend. Like he has a little pirate ship he rides and he loves to wear his pirate costume and pretend he is a pirate. I also have an apron for when he plays in his kitchen. It makes him feel like he is a chef.

  5. linda — September 15, 2015 @ 11:40 am (#)

    my son loves anything that has wheels. thanks for the post.

  6. ivy pluchinsky — September 15, 2015 @ 11:43 am (#)

    we encourage it by letting them play, letting them use their imagination. sometimes we pretend that we are on a train headed to BC. I am the driver and my niece is a passenger.

  7. angela m — September 15, 2015 @ 11:43 am (#)

    I sometimes give them an idea when they are playing or play with them for a bit .

  8. Cheryl — September 15, 2015 @ 11:59 am (#)

    We play with trucks and cars and he pretends he is just like his daddy 🙂

  9. andrea amy — September 15, 2015 @ 12:54 pm (#)

    I encourage by providing them a wide assortment of toys that require the use of their imaginations. Blocks, legos, cars, crayons, playdoh and so on.

  10. jessica s — September 15, 2015 @ 1:24 pm (#)

    I take him to a parent and family literacy centre with lots of other kids, and he especially likes watching the older kids closely. At home he will copy what he learned there!

  11. Judy Cowan — September 15, 2015 @ 1:31 pm (#)

    We always buy my nieces/nephews toys that make them use their imagination such as Lego’s, Barbies, Dress-Up clothes etc. Also do lots of crafts that allow their imagination to go wild!

  12. Barb W — September 15, 2015 @ 1:33 pm (#)

    I really don’t have to, it comes naturally for him!

  13. Stephanie LaPlante — September 15, 2015 @ 2:35 pm (#)

    Playing along of coarse.

  14. Anne Taylor — September 15, 2015 @ 2:47 pm (#)

    With my tiny grandkids we are always talking about what if it had wings? or scales? or was purple? I try to open up their imagination that way!

  15. kathy downey — September 15, 2015 @ 2:48 pm (#)

    we have a back room where we store everything we can recycle within reason and the grandkids use it for many things,building birdhouses,houses with cardboard crates,ornaments just now they have started working on some Halloween crafts

  16. Dayna Wilson — September 15, 2015 @ 2:58 pm (#)

    I ask lots of questions, and I’m always sure to add my own imaginary contributions to encourage them to do the same 🙂

  17. Heather Howard — September 15, 2015 @ 4:44 pm (#)

    We try to get them to think about things like …who lives here?….what kind of things do they like?….do they have a name?…
    We sometimes make up our own ways to talk like singing everything or only using sign language to answer questions….

  18. maria — September 15, 2015 @ 5:00 pm (#)

    I ask them lots of ?’s and give them suggestions to work their imagainations!

  19. Rhonda W G. — September 15, 2015 @ 6:26 pm (#)

    I like to tell stories and have them tell their own back…

  20. Mei — September 15, 2015 @ 6:56 pm (#)

    I play along with him and his imagination. He also had a baby in his tummy when I was pregnant with my daughter. Love the firestation bed. I hope I can organize their toys soon!

  21. Silvia D — September 15, 2015 @ 7:07 pm (#)

    have lots of different toys for them available, creative things like Lego, blocks, even boxes.Lots of insturuments and microphones, play up clothes and accessories.

  22. Angela Mitchell — September 15, 2015 @ 10:07 pm (#)

    One thing I do that my kids love and it allows them to be very creative is have a recycling bin full of clean recyclables. I let my kids go craft crazy with it and they make robots, doll houses and even costumes.

  23. Maegan Morin — September 15, 2015 @ 10:16 pm (#)

    We have costumes and I get right into it with them.

  24. Carol Denny — September 16, 2015 @ 3:55 am (#)

    Lots of games and non electronic toys

  25. Laurie P — September 16, 2015 @ 8:02 am (#)

    My girl need little encouragement when it comes to her imagination! She’s very creative! We have a great selection of toys at home, but you can never have enough Hotwheels!

  26. Nicole B — September 16, 2015 @ 8:27 am (#)

    My kids love pretend play. They love to set up a hospital and doctor up the stuffed animals. They also love dress up and being ninjas or power rangers.

  27. Doreen Lamoureux — September 16, 2015 @ 10:07 am (#)

    I use to get all sorts of different clothing and my youngest would dress up as something different every other day. He had so much fun with that.

  28. Rosanne Robinson — September 16, 2015 @ 10:12 am (#)

    My grandson has a wonderful imagination and we encourage the development through reading books with him, watching educational shows, and participating in numerous sports.

  29. anna key — September 16, 2015 @ 11:44 am (#)

    I encourage them to think about who is involved, what they’re doing, where they’re going etc, make sure theres lots of clothes to dress up in, and toys that encourage imagination

  30. Marina M. — September 16, 2015 @ 1:50 pm (#)

    My son has great imagination and plays pretend all the time. I encourage it by giving him appropriate toys and join him when he is playing.

  31. Holly O'Gorman — September 16, 2015 @ 2:15 pm (#)

    We do lots of free play without any rules or restrictions.

  32. shannon grochowski — September 16, 2015 @ 2:18 pm (#)

    We leave them alone! haha. We find if we just leave them they are more inclined to use their imagination and make up games and use the toys they have around them.

  33. Kimberley Buckton — September 16, 2015 @ 5:32 pm (#)

    I encourage my son to use his imagination by letting him lead play time. He has such an imagination that it sometimes baffles my mind. He can take the simplest item and create a whole story.

  34. Elizabeth Matthiesen — September 16, 2015 @ 6:52 pm (#)

    I always found that Fisher Price toys lend to a whole lot of imagination, especially the ones for the sandpit. 🙂

  35. Tina L. — September 16, 2015 @ 7:30 pm (#)

    We play pretend all the time.

  36. Lori Jackson — September 17, 2015 @ 8:25 am (#)

    He has a pretty good imagination and loves playing pretend. I always ask hypotheical questions to peak his imagination.

  37. Amy C — September 17, 2015 @ 9:13 am (#)

    I encourage them by providing them with lots of stuff that will fuel their imagination. Lego’s and dress up clothes.

  38. Elena — September 18, 2015 @ 10:41 am (#)

    To be honest, I encourage them to use their imaginations by staying out of their play for the most part. I will play games and things like that with the kids, but I think parents should let kids figure some of their own ideas out too.

  39. Stephen Gordon — September 18, 2015 @ 4:20 pm (#)

    This would be great gor me the bigger kid.

  40. Jon T — September 19, 2015 @ 10:31 am (#)

    I ask him to tell me a story, what the people are doing, or the things he is playing with

  41. Eleanor — September 19, 2015 @ 5:58 pm (#)

    I try to make up a funny story or think of fun ways to play with my child’s which inspires him to think of new ways to play

  42. Denise M — September 19, 2015 @ 8:21 pm (#)

    I make sure that he gets ‘bored’. When there is nothing to do, suddenly his imagination starts to kick in. When he is bored he creates lots of different games and starts to play in a fantastic way.

  43. Erika Letson — September 20, 2015 @ 6:48 am (#)

    I like to encourage them to make up a story and play it out. Sometimes I’ll play with them!

  44. Florence C — September 20, 2015 @ 2:08 pm (#)

    I buy toys for my grandchildren that are creative and provides hours of play.

  45. kristine ewald — September 20, 2015 @ 10:40 pm (#)

    My daughter has crazy imagination.

  46. lori b — September 21, 2015 @ 8:12 am (#)

    i encourage imagination as much as possible. they like to pretend they are superheroes

  47. JAMES DASILVA — September 22, 2015 @ 7:45 am (#)

    Without a TV or computer.

  48. Tammy Dalley — September 23, 2015 @ 6:07 am (#)

    I encourage them to use their imagination whether its making up stories or building things with blocks

  49. InezbyDesign — September 23, 2015 @ 10:39 am (#)

    I loved to have a dress up box for them. The imagination runs wild with that.

  50. Sarah De Diego — September 24, 2015 @ 9:06 am (#)

    When I buy the a toy, I don’t necessarily buy them all the parts that go with it. They might need to come up with characters or cars from somewhere else. Or, I buy the characters and they need to create the house.

    My son is in LOVE with Hot Wheels and he’s asked for this set for his birthday. Fingers crossed.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  51. KellyPC — September 25, 2015 @ 12:04 am (#)

    We make up a lot of games & stories!

  52. salexis — September 25, 2015 @ 12:57 pm (#)

    Lots of outdoor play!

  53. loucheryl — September 26, 2015 @ 5:11 pm (#)

    I love to use building blocks so my boys can use their imagination to create homes and sky scrapers!

  54. Sarah Stickney — September 27, 2015 @ 5:47 am (#)

    my son likes playdoh

  55. Lindsay T — September 27, 2015 @ 7:13 pm (#)

    My girls have fantastic imaginations but I encourage it by ensuring they have lots of toys that use imagination, their favourites are small characters, dolls, etc.

  56. Jonnie — September 28, 2015 @ 4:06 pm (#)

    I encourage my kids to use their imagination with drawing, creating art projects and creating music

  57. Viv Sluys — September 29, 2015 @ 8:23 am (#)

    It doesn’t take much to encourage kids to imagine! We mostly encourage it by not discouraging it. My girls spend a lot of time playing imaginative games. We read to them a lot and join their games and I guess that helps imagination.

  58. Irene Eichler — September 29, 2015 @ 8:26 am (#)

    I play along with them … we pretend to be cooks teachers doctors nurses … whatever they want to be !

  59. Cyrille — September 29, 2015 @ 8:49 am (#)

    Lots of fort building adventures!

  60. Susan Patterson — September 29, 2015 @ 9:14 am (#)

    We encourage them to make up towns, villages, cities with all different feature spots!

  61. Jeannie — September 29, 2015 @ 10:00 am (#)

    I always encourage my kids to create they own ‘things’ from robots, to cars to building whenever they are drawing, building with lego or playdoh!

  62. Tannis W — September 29, 2015 @ 8:12 pm (#)

    I encourage my little one to use her imagination by allowing her to play by herself.

  63. heidi c. — September 29, 2015 @ 8:59 pm (#)

    We play games, sing silly songs and tell fun stories.

  64. Katy Emanuel — September 30, 2015 @ 5:28 am (#)

    I encourage my children’s imagination while playing by leaving them to entertain themselves while I watch from a distance, we have limited toys for a our kids that encourage imagination – play kitchen, dress up, scarves, and a great large yard on a ravine which the kids love to hunt for faeries in.

  65. Maryanne — October 1, 2015 @ 6:07 am (#)

    Lately it’s been all about making and eating pretend food.

  66. Tiffany Rotulo — October 1, 2015 @ 7:30 pm (#)

    I just let them do what comes naturally and play along.

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