Friday, June 22, 2012

Creative Play With Activity Cones---Inside or Outside!

Educational Activity Blogger:
Creative Play with Activity Cones---Inside or Outside!

by Vicky from
for ages 2 and up with Adult Participation & Supervision


Recently, my kids had the chance to play with a set of Activity Cones from Melissa & Doug. What I love about these cones is that they are so versatile! You can play with them on their own or add some other toys to the mix to extend the fun.  We used a pink Trunki Suitcase and a Bollie Ladybug Kickball (both Melissa & Doug toys) in addition to our Activity Cones and came up with five creative play activities that are great fun indoors or outdoors! ~Vicky


Set of 8 Activity Cones and Bollie Ladybug Kickball

Trixie Trunki Kids' Ride-On Suitcase, Friend, and Toy

  • Bowling The first thing my kids did when they saw the Activity Cones was to set them up in a line so they could knock them down with their new Bollie Ladybug Kickball. My daughter experimented with throwing the ball standing and rolling it while sitting. Through repeated trials she discovered that she had to roll the ball fairly hard to get the cones to fall over. 

Activity Cone Bowling Anyone?



  • Balancing Obstacle Course
     My daughter placed the ball on the underside of an activity cone and was excited that it looked like an ice cream cone. This gave me an idea. I set up the cones on the floor in various places and explained how we could try to walk around the cones while balancing the ball on the activity cone. The kids were so careful as they slowly walked around the obstacle course! This required a great deal of concentration.
A Balancing Act!


An Ice Cream Cone!

  • Stacking Next, we tried to build with our cones. This was a bit tricky for my three year olds. They were able to stack the first few activity cones but as the cones got higher, it became more difficult. This is where I came in to help. Every time I attempted to build and ended up knocking the cones down by accident, the girls would dissolve into fits of laughter. Soon, they made a game of knocking down the cones I put up!

How Many Can I Stack?
Impressive Build!

  • Running over the cones We found that the Activity Cones supported active and imaginative play! A few days after receiving them, they set them up in a line and ran over the cones. I was delighted to see that they came up with another imaginative game.


  • Birthday party The kids made up a fun outdoor birthday party using the Activity Cones as party hats. They ran around holding the cones on their heads and sang "Happy Birthday!"


Now that's a party hat!
  • Kicking a ball through the cones We set up the cones at varying distances on the ground and my daughter tried to kick the ball through the cones and back again. This was very similar to a soccer exercise. As a matter of fact, she called it "playing soccer."

Soccer Time!

  • Knocking down activity cones while riding Trunki! We brought our Trunki outside and the kids rode it while they knocked down the cones with their hands. This was easy to set up. We just put 4 cones each in 2 columns with some space in the middle for Trunki to travel.

Trunki Sporting Event!

Here, my youngest helps to set up the cones.

Before we went inside for dinner my kids could not resist taking rides on their Trunki. In addition to being a great kids suitcase, Trunki can be used at home for storage, or as my kids learned, for gross motor fun! It was great to see them taking turns pulling each other. Taking turns is something we have been working on at our house.


Trunki cooperation!

I have to admit that even I was surprised with all the things we could do with the Activity Cones. I feel like we've just touched the tip of the iceberg. I was pleased to discover that what I thought could only be used outdoors has a variety of uses indoors as well. I can't wait to see what other ideas the kids come up with for their activity cones. Share your creative play ideas with us for the Activity Cones or Trunki in comments!

Vicky Perreault is a busy mom to three kids - 3 year old twins and a 2 year old. She believes that kids learn best through play and hands on activities. As a former teacher, Vicky finds great joy in facilitating learning and play experiences for her children and sharing those ideas with other parents on her blog Mess For Less.


Packer Family said...

Fun! Cute ideas! Love those cones!

Vicky said...

Thanks, glad you liked them!

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