We know so many of you have been spending all your time at home with your kids during Covid-19. \nAs fun as it can be, eventually, even the most inventive people can run out of play ideas. \nWe wanted to share some ideas with you for pretend play at home. \n\nDress the Part\nWe have collaborated with our friends from Dukes and Duchesses Apparel for some fresh fashion inspiration on what to wear indoors. Their fun and comfy pieces are made from natural fibres and are simply perfect for your play adventures. \nThese outfits aren’t only cute but super practical. Everything is designed with a lot of thought in mind by two Australian mums who run this ethical brand.\n\nThey have also kindly given us a discount code for 10% off their clothing range at Dukes and Duchess Apparel if you use MAKEITFASHION at checkout. \nThe code is valid from now until Friday 22nd May 2020 11.59 PM AEST.\nOur top 5 indoor play ideas\nLet's explore some fun play ideas that are easy to create whilst stuck at home indoors! These are not just fun, but also educational and fantastic for kids development! \nBuild a Fort or a Castle\n\nWho doesn't like forts and castles? Castles feel like magic and fairy tales. They wake up the feelings of adventures inside. It’s also a super fun way to learn more about history and culture. Let’s build one! \nYou can use almost anything to build one; pillows, blankets, building blocks. Just start and see what you can come up with.\nWe’ve built one using an incredible wooden Drewart Small Castle. It’s made from solid and sustainably sourced alder wood and has been handcrafted in Europe. All the walls and towers are separate, so there’s full freedom to arrange (and re-arrange) the castle anywhere in the house! It looked amazing in the house and the wood feels really smooth to touch. \n\nWe added the Grapat Seasons - Winter Set and literally could not stop playing as it was so fun. These castles are hands down one of the top products for the imaginative play.\nYou gotta be dressed the part when you play in a castle too. Indie and Phoenix got dressed in outfits from Dukes and Duchesses Apparel new Darling Collection.\nDevelop Your Balance\n\nIt can be tricky to come up with fun ideas to exercise when you’re at home. However, things can get much easier once a Wobbel board joins your play space. Don’t forget to take your socks off for a nice and safe grip.\nWe’ve used it as a see-saw, a rocker, a bridge (to walk over, crawl under or launch cars from), a slide, a platform and a super-hero balance board. You can easily rock on this board together with your kids yourself - it’s virtually unbreakable! There is even a Wobbel yoga out there that develops core and balance for both, kids and adults. Use these flashcards as a prompt to start.\nThere are plenty Wobbel boards to choose from too such as Original Bamboo with Forest Felt.\n\nBuild a Cubby House\nBuild a house inside a house. It can be as simple as getting under the sheets with a flashlight. Or drape a sheet (or two) over the table. Done!\n\nWe’ve used Sarah’s Silks Giant Silks and our cubby house resembles a fairy house. We’ve simply added a tree branch for a nature feel.\n\nOnce you’ve had enough, switch on a fan and let the silk fly like a cape. Giant silks look stunning floating in the air.\n\nPretend Play Family\nKids love pretend play! Kids can learn about concepts of family, relationships and racial diversity through this kind of play. We’ve played with Spanish Miniland dolls. These dolls are anatomically correct, dressed in underwear and vanilla scented to smell like a newly born baby.\n\nPlaying with these dolls teaches an important difference between genders and races. Add some play silks to wrap them, use it as a blanket or tie it around like a baby carrier. Fun!\n\nDevelop Creativity\nWe’re all about unlocking creativity through play. Our Creative Building collection has the most incredible constructions in it. We’ve played with Earth tone pebbles by stacking them in towers and colour sorting. We really love the warmth of the stunning earthy tones.\n\nWe’ve also had a play with the everyone's favourites: Grimm's House, Large Rainbow and Gluckskafer Mushroom House. The wooden surfaces are encouraging of tactile development and feel so warm and interesting to touch. We find these shapes so aesthetically pleasing that we use them as decor pieces around the house to create unique and beautiful play spaces. These wooden toys are almost indestructible and can be passed down from sibling to sibling.\n\nIndie got dressed in ‘Bella' Bell Sleeve Dress and Phoenix is decked out in Bears Long Sleeve Hoody and Long Harem Pants.\n\nHappy playtime! We hope we’ve sparked some fresh inspiration for you. \nShop our Staying Home collection here and check out our friends Duke and Duchesses Apparel.