children playing in sandpit

Unleash the Magic: Imaginative Play Ideas for Kids [6 ideas]

Children love imaginative play, and whether indoors or outside, there are countless opportunities to incorporate magical and creative ideas into their playtime. Whether you’re planning a special occasion or simply looking for ways to engage your little ones, these imaginative play ideas will inspire their creativity and provide hours of entertainment.

1) Pirate Play Adventure

Ahoy, little adventurers! Embark on a thrilling pirate voyage with this imaginative play idea that will transport your children to the high seas. Whether it’s a rainy day or a sunny afternoon, this playtime adventure is sure to ignite their imagination and keep them busy all day long.

To begin, gather some basic materials to create a pirate ship setting. Use chairs, blankets, and pillows to construct a makeshift ship in your living room or backyard. Encourage your little ones to dress up as sea-travelling pirates with pirate hats or bandanas and cardboard swords. Now, it’s time to set sail!

Encourage your kids to create a treasure map by drawing a simple route with landmarks around your home or backyard. You can even hide small treasures or treats along the way for your valiant voyagers to keep the excitement building.

As they navigate the imaginary sea, encourage them to engage in role playing and storytelling. Let their creativity soar as they encounter storms, sea monsters, and friendly sea creatures along their journey.

This imaginative play idea not only promotes creativity and storytelling skills but also encourages teamwork and problem-solving as they work together to navigate their pirate adventure. So, set sail with your little pirates and let their imaginations run wild on the high seas!

kids in play tent

2) Tea Party Water Play

Make a splash with tea party water play to unleash your little one’s imagination.

Set up a water activity table with teapots, teacups and teabags. Children can pour the water into the cups and have a pretend tea party. You can enhance the sensory play by adding other elements, such as flower petals, food colouring or bubbles, to the water for a royal sensory tea party like no other.

Sensory play can help your little ones develop their fine and gross motor skills as they hold teacups, pour from teapots and pass plates to their friends as they play.

children playing with water table

3) Castle Building Competition

Building blocks are an excellent way to encourage imaginative play, and a castle-building competition is a perfect imaginative game for kids.

Select one child to be the judge and divide the rest into teams. Give each team a set of building blocks and thirty minutes to make their most imaginative castle design come to life. Encourage children to work together in groups to create the most impressive castle.

Children can bring their architectural creations to life and let their imaginations run free with this task by adding details like moats, drawbridges, and turrets. The sky’s the limit!

Once the time is up, the judge can choose their favourite castle based on design, features, and fun!

Another way to carry out this building competition is to replace building blocks with cardboard boxes and other recyclable materials. With cardboard boxes, there’s even the option to decorate and paint the castle to add flair to the finished design!

This activity promotes active social play and the development of key skills such as turn-taking, team building and creativity, so everyone’s a winner!

building blocks

4) Dressing Up Fun

Dressing up is an imaginative way for your little ones to engage in pretend play and explore different costumes and attire, from dragons to doctors or superheroes to chefs. The possibilities are endless! You could even incorporate sensory elements into the fancy dress by adding fabrics with different textures, such as silk or velvet.

Dress-up play offers a multitude of benefits for children’s development and well-being. It’s not just about putting on costumes and pretending to be someone else; it’s a gateway to imagination and creativity. When children dress up as different characters, they embark on a journey of self-expression, boosting their confidence and nurturing their creativity.

Children develop essential social skills through fancy dress play as they interact with others in character. They learn to cooperate, share, and take turns, fostering positive relationships and empathy. Additionally, dressing up encourages language development and communication skills as children engage in storytelling and role playing, expanding their vocabulary and ability to express themselves.

Overall, it’s a powerful tool for holistic development, allowing children to explore, imagine, and grow.

child on a swing

5) Backyard Banquet

Orders up! A mud pie kitchen is a great way to incorporate sensory play into imaginative backyard play, whatever the season.  

Plum Discovery Mud Pie Kitchens are perfect for preparing a backyard banquet. The kit includes bowls for foraging, utensils for stirring, and an easy-cleaning painting screen to draw up the menu.

Little ones can mix and mould mud and water to create their own mud pies and pretend to be chefs in a busy kitchen. You can also add some natural ingredients to the mud pies, such as herbs or flowers, to make them more lavish for the special occasion. Children can use their imagination to create their own mud pie recipes and serve them to their guests.

mud pie kitchen

6) Space Explorers

3, 2, 1… Blast off! Take your children on an intergalactic journey with this imaginative play idea that will transport them to the far reaches of outer space. Get ready to explore distant planets and experience the wonders of the cosmos right from the comfort of your own home.

Start by transforming a room into a spaceship. Use blankets, chairs, and cardboard boxes to create a spacecraft command centre. You could even provide your little space explorers with astronaut costumes, complete with helmets and backpacks filled with essentials for their mission.

Set the stage by playing space-themed music and turn off the lights to create a starry atmosphere. Use glow-in-the-dark stickers or paper cut-outs to decorate the room with planets and stars.

Next, guide your children through a series of space missions. They can embark on an expedition to Mars, search for new galaxies, or even encounter friendly space creatures. Encourage them to use their imagination to describe what they see and communicate with mission control (you) throughout their space exploration.

To enhance the experience, they could build their own rocket ships using recycled materials; the sky’s the limit!

child reading space book

Imaginative play is a fantastic way to inspire children’s creativity and let them use their imagination. From pirate play to backyard banquets, there are plenty of activities that will ignite your little one’s imagination and provide hours of entertainment.

These imaginative play ideas for preschoolers and older children are bound to spark imaginations, and they’re also great for developing sensory skills, promoting socialisation, and encouraging role play. So next time you’re planning a party or looking for some play ideas for kids, consider incorporating some of these imaginative play ideas for an unforgettable experience that’s sure to be a winner with the kids.

If you try out any of these ideas, share your adventures with us @PlumPlayAus #lifeatplay

Get Your Plum Play Equipment Ready For Springtime

Get Your Plum Play Equipment Ready For Springtime

Spring is in the air, so what better way to celebrate than by giving your Plum Play equipment a fresh look for the start of the season?

Why Should You Do DIY With Your Kids?

DIY allows children to develop key skills and nurtures their creativity. Painting or digging enhances their fine and gross motor skills as they learn to grip a paintbrush or a spade.

Involving the kids in backyard DIY projects will spark their imaginations. So, Spring is the perfect time for families to come together and have fun working on these projects.

girl painting outside

Get Ready For Spring!

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, we want to inspire you to get creative with the kids and explore ways you can revamp, reuse and recycle your play equipment. Whether it’s a wooden sandpit, a cubby house or a trampoline, we have some great tips and tricks to inspire you to refresh your backyard play equipment and make your outdoor area more fun and inviting for your little ones. So, let’s get started!

children with wheelbarrow outside cubby house


How To Decorate a Wooden Cubby House?

Decorating a cubby house can be a fun backyard play area DIY for children and grown-ups alike. Whether you’re looking to give your child’s cubby house a new look or you just want to add some personal touches, there are endless ways to get creative with decorating…

Cubby House Painting Ideas

One way to give your wooden cubby house a fresh look is by giving it a coat of paint. You can choose from a variety of colours to compliment your outdoor space or even opt for a theme to create a unique play area style. Pastel shades like pastel pink, mint and pastel blue are popular choices for cubby houses, as they can add a cheerful splash of colour to your backyard landscape.

To make your cubby house really pop, you could even add some quirky patterns, like polka dots or stripes. To fully embrace the DIY spirit, you could even create a mural on the outside of the cubby house, with a different pattern on each wall or paint a scene from your little one’s favourite storybook.

painting on wood

How to Decorate Inside a Cubby House?

Remember, it’s not all about the look on the outside. The inside of a cubby house can also be decorated to make it a cosy, inviting retreat for your kids. You can add some vibrant cushions, a little table and chairs and some playful wall decorations or plants to create a welcoming space that your kids can’t wait to spend time in. Adding a rug will give the cubby house that next-level warmth and comfort, making it the perfect place for your kids to play or read.

Inside plum play garden hut cubby house

Let your creativity run wild

When it comes to decorating your kids cubby house, the sky’s the limit. You could add some fairy lights for an enchanted touch or even add some window boxes and hanging baskets filled with colourful flowers or herbs to give the cubby house a calming feel and allow it to blend seamlessly into your outdoor space.

Child gardening outside plum play garden hut cubby house

How to Decorate a Treehouse?

A treehouse is a wondrous place for kids to let their imaginations run wild and enjoy outdoor play. Decorating a treehouse can be a fun opportunity for parents and kids to connect, spending quality time enhancing the treehouse together. Here are some innovative ways to decorate your kid’s treehouse in time for Spring.

  1. Use recycled materials – Decorating your treehouse doesn’t need to be expensive. Recycled materials like old cans make great plant pots, and plastic water bottles are ideal for making a cascading water run. To add a dash of colour, your kids can get creative, painting the cans and bottles, so their vibrant artwork can be seen from the treetops.
  2. Add some greenery – Incorporating plants and flowers into your treehouse décor can create a natural and calming space. The Plum Discovery Woodland Treehouse encourages your little ones to tend to the flowers with a built-in potted planter so they can get a head start on sowing their veg patch or cultivating their own herb garden.
  3. Use outdoor lighting – Adding some outdoor lighting to the area around your treehouse can create a magical atmosphere for evening play as dawn turns to dusk. Use string lanterns or solar-powered lights to illuminate the space, making it safe and snug for your little nature nurturers to enjoy active play in their treehouse all year round as the seasons change.

Whether you’re using recycled materials, adding greenery or incorporating outdoor lighting, decorating the treehouse is a creative way to spend time with your little one and make their outdoor play space even more special.

Plum Discovery Woodland Treehouse bottle run

Need a Spare Part for Your Trampoline?

Head over to the Plum Play website to discover our complete catalogue of trampoline spares for our full trampoline range. Simply use the handy spare part checker by typing in your product code to show all the spare parts available for your trampoline. Sprucing up your trampoline has never been so easy!

Top tip: Unsure of your trampoline’s product code – look for the sticker on one of your trampoline’s legs, and you’ll find it there.

Child jumping on trampoline


How to Repurpose Play Sand?

Reusing play sand is a resourceful way to give a new purpose to your children’s outdoor play materials. Here are a couple of easy ways to repurpose your play sand…

Make Textured Paint

Simply mix some sand and paint to create a textured paint effect. This can be a fun way to add a sensory element to play. By creating artwork with this paint, your children can explore the sensation of the rough texture and gritty feeling of the grains of sand in contrast against the smooth paper.

Paint and paintbrush

Revitalise Your Compost

Adding play sand to compost can improve its quality. Adding sand to compost improves drainage and aeration, which leads to healthier soil and happier plants – carrots especially love sandy soil as it helps them grow deep into the ground.

Repurposing your play sand is a creative way to give new life to something that may have otherwise gone to waste. So next time you have some leftover sand, don’t throw it away – repurpose it!

Child playing in sandpit


Plum Play products are built to last for years to come, but perhaps your kids have outgrown their sandpit, or you no longer need your trampoline. If so, you can always recycle your play equipment when it’s no longer needed.

Sandpits also make the ideal container for a mini veg plot. By removing the sand, replacing it with soil, and planting some of your kids’ favourite veggies, you have an instant mini allotment in your backyard.

Encourage your children to embrace their green fingers and plant the seeds together. Looking after their own veg patch will help teach them the importance of nurturing something and caring for the environment.

Child harvesting carrots

Wooden Products

All Plum Play outdoor wooden products are made using FSC®-certified wood, so they come from sustainable sources and can be recycled at the end of product life. Even our sandpit liners can be recycled, so the environmental impact is minimal.

Girl playing in Plum Play Giant Wooden Sandpit


100% of the metal used in a Plum trampoline is recycled, so the impact on waste is minimal. To keep this reduce, reuse, recycle circle going, you can recycle the elements of your Plum Play trampoline after use – be sure to check with your local recycling centre to recycle the different elements efficiently.

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Chicken Run

Did you know trampolines can be transformed into the ideal home for chickens?

When you no longer need your trampoline, turn it into the perfect sanctuary for your feathered friends by removing the enclosure and securing chicken wire around the base of the trampoline. The jumping mat becomes the coop roof, and your hens can then live sheltered under the sturdy trampoline base, making it the perfect pen.

Chickens outside

Even More Ways to Transform Your Trampoline

Of course, if you want to reuse the trampoline for yourself, then other options are to transform the base into a robust frame to hang a hammock for backyard dozing or use it as a trellis for plants that love to climb high.

Child in hammock

These are just a few ways to inspire you to get your play equipment Spring ready and revamp, reuse and recycle your Plum Play products. So, if you give your play equipment a new lease of life, then be sure to let us know over @PlumPlayAus #LifeAtPlay. We’d love to see your revamp, reuse and recycling innovations.