Freshen up your play rug adventures by bringing outside inside!

by Lucy Baker October 11, 2017 2 min read

Freshen up your play rug adventures by bringing outside inside!

Our Funfield City Play Rug is great for filling up time on rainy days, or during those much needed quiet hours at the end of a long day. But it can also be reinvented by adding a touch of nature. Why not bring in a few twigs, leaves and rocks to prompt a whole new chapter of adventures.

Materials needed:

  • Funfield City Play Rug (available at
  • Collect some (relatively) clean items from outdoors such as rocks, twigs, leaves, flowers (alternatively you can buy cleaner and more play-friendly versions in craft stores such as Michaels)
  • You can also add some materials such as shells
  • Selection of vehicles and play people

Invitation to play:

The best way to use these additional materials is to actually let your kids decide how to use them. Don't set anything up for them, simply put out the materials. Or even better, why not go out on a nature walk with your kids to collect the materials.

It is so great to watch kids use their imagination in order to explore different play materials. The initial time is likely to be spent simply touching the materials and learning more about them.

When we tested out this activity, our kids loved adding rocks to the construction zone. They spent ages manoeuvring their bulldozers and diggers to reconstruct the broken road. 

The kids also enjoyed using the twigs as wooden fences. They used them to create barriers and car parks.

Some of the smaller pebbles were used to build a stone wall around the farm yard as our youngest adventurer was concerned that the animals might escape.

Some of the shells were carefully spread along the beach. Lots of fun was had exploring the different shapes and textures of shells, and deciding which ones floated out to sea.

One clever little mind also decided to plant a tree by the beach to give their car some shade while they went for a quick swim.

There is nothing fancy about this activity. You would be amazed at how excited kids get when materials that are normally outside are allowed inside! If you are concerned about mess, just put down a large table cloth or plastic cloth underneath your play rug. Enjoy the exploring!


Creative QT designs quality + innovative toys that declutter homes and inspire creative play. Founded by parents of five, Adam and Dana Sue Hinkle, Creative QT’s vision is to empower parents and encourage a culture of families that Make Time Together. All products are designed to enrich families’ lives through active, creative play and play based learning. Creative QT products are laboratory tested for compliance with CPSC requirements and are free of lead, cadmium and phthalates so you can play with confidence. So, go ahead … today is the day: be your kid’s hero.

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