It is a happy talent to know how to play.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

We all know the importance of play, yet sometimes our schedules get so ramped up during the week that we have little time for anything else other than staying on schedule and checking off “the list.”

My boys love to play and they usually ask me to play with them at least once a day.  Sometimes I’ll drop what I’m doing to join them on the floor.  And sometimes, I feel myself tense and cringe at their request.  You know, it’s always at a time when I’m trying to get dinner on the table, or making lunch for tomorrow, or folding clothes, or doing the other things off the never-ending list so I can feel some sense of accomplishment in this crazy, chaotic world of motherhood.

I notice when I do make the time to play with my boys, they are happier and we feel more connected throughout our day.  And it’s not like they need me to play with them all day.  30 minutes of play goes a long way.

Today, my friend Melitsa (and Inside Out Take Action Guide Contributor) is here to share about her wonderful new guide, Simple Parenting and Play Planner.

This planner will encourage and inspire you to make more time and space for play in your life! (Keep reading for your chance to win your own copy.)

Daily SPPP on tour 7 copy

Hi everyone. It’s Melitsa popping over from Raising Playful Tots.

Thank you, Shannon, for letting me share a little project and my hands aren’t empty. Yes I’m bringing a gift!

If you’re regular to my blog or podcast you’ll know that in my corner of the world we’re very much into supporting intentional play and family actions. It’s one thing to have the good intentions and a whole other story to do this with our diverse families.

We know that writing things down gets things done but we don’t often plan for play and those family things that seem like a great idea but we don’t get around to doing. That is a shame.

Well that’s about to change with the Simple Parenting and Play Planner! In this first edition we’re dipping in and taking time to pause, evaluate and decide the first steps to simple parenting and simple play. It’s a bit like game tag. The planner is your friend unfreezing you and now you get to go in the direction YOU ( and your family) choose….

Here’s a look inside.

Inside page of Simple Parenting and Play Planner copy


Melitsa is proud to share this digital edition with you in PDF so you can print what you need.  I am not an affiliate but I did get a chance to peak at her planner and it is colorful, organized and super inspiring!

I’m happy to be one of the stops on The Simple Parenting and Play Planner blog tour and to give you a chance to win a copy of your very own.

How to enter:

Simply leave a comment on this blog post and let us know what kind of playful activities you enjoy doing with your children.
For an extra entry, stop by and “like” my Free Spirit Facebook page.

The random drawing will end on April 16th midnight C.S.T.  I’ll announce the winner on April 17th.

And for more chances to enter, stop by these other participating blogs.

Monday, March 31st: My Healthy Beginning

Tuesday 1 April : The Mom Writes

Wednesday 2 April Rainy Day Mum

Thursday 3 April: Megan Flatt

Friday 4 April:  April Pickle Bums

Saturday 5th April: Bliss Beyond Naptime

Monday 7 April A Free Spirit Life

Tuesday 8 April Simple Kids

Wednesday 9 April Mama Scouts

Thursday 10 April Plannerisms

Friday 11 April Raising Playful Tots

Visit Simple Parenting and Play Planner to learn more.

Thanks, Melitsa, for all the wonderful inspiration.

Now…I’m off to PLAY!


Psst…more give-aways coming up this week!