For many of our kids, it’s been a long glorious Summer, filled with fun outings, camping, travel, and sunny days outside. Now that school’s back in session – we are falling back into our routines. The kids are getting LOTS of stimulation at school… so much so that when they come home, they expect the ‘entertainment’ to never end! In this day and age, it can be all-too-easy to turn on Netflix or pass over the iPad. That is why I was so excited to be offered the chance to work with Domestic Objects to create a ‘Work/Play Imagination Station’ for my daughters.
About Domestic Objects: A Vancouver Mom to two toddlers, Sarah Jagger founded Domestic Objects from the desire to create a space to stimulate her children’s curiosity and sense of play. Sarah decided that a play tent would be the perfect ‘tool’ for creative play – but she didn’t want to compromise on style, so it had to fit with her home decor.
“I made the first play tent because I was trying to find educational, mind-enriching activities for them that weren’t on a screen,” she says. “I spent my own early years dreaming up kingdoms and castles and space flights and whole universes, but my children’s imaginations were being hemmed in by the confines of an iPad.”
My Play Tent Concept: With two daughters aged (late) 2 and 10 – I find that while they are at vastly different levels, their play interests are actually quite similar. They are both creative, so I knew that this Imagination Station would become the perfect place for Kadence (2) to play with dolls and colour with (Colour Wonder Washable) markers. Kaitlyn would find this the perfect place to journal, craft and even do homework in peace! They are both readers – and surprisingly can sometimes be found sharing a book together. (Too cute, gosh I love ’em!)
I set the play tent up for them while they were at school & preschool. I wanted to include some thoughtful details to really set the scene. It was an amazing surprise for them to arrive home to… how could they not want to dig in and get creative in their very own, beautiful sanctuary?!
As you can see… we found that my fur babies thought the tent was pretty neat, too!
Special Notes: I dressed the play tent up with fresh flowers that I picked from our yard. We love it when we are given flowers – we buy flowers for friends and even our own kitchen tables… why not pick or buy flowers for our kids every now and then to make them feel special?
I included a string of tiny twinkle lights to really add an element of magic to the top of the tent. The best part in doing this is that you can allow some to dangle into the inside of the top of the tent which serves as lighting within.
Gather some of your children’s favourite toys to group around the tent to get their appetite for play fired up!
Include art supplies! This roll of seemingly never-ending paper is pure gold to the creative soul. Make sure that little ones use safe and washable colouring implements.
If you lay a book or two and some extra blankets and pillows in the tent, it will be cozy and inviting… you never know – they may read… or even nap!
With fun sips and snacks nearby, the kiddies will have fuel for hours of play!
More about the company: After three years in business, Domestic Objects now offers eight different imaginative play products, including teepees and canopy beds in an array of stylish fabrics, matching floor pillows, whimsical accessories and even and a children’s book, The Play Tent of Imagination, written by Sarah Jagger herself. Worldwide shipping is available for all products carried on the Domestic Objects website as well as the Etsy store.
What’s in store for the creative local mom-boss? Domestic Objects’ is set to launch new products and continually expand as international orders are on the rise, and interest poors in – even from Hollywood star Tori Spelling! The business has created an opportunity for Jagger and her family to travel the world to source fabrics, supplies and ideas. Thank you to Sarah and Domestic Objects for allowing my family to experience the fun and creativity that blooms in this play space.
Thank you to Iulia Agnew, our outstanding photographer for these feature images.
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