50 Thrifty: Play Scarves

3 Dec

I love the Montessori idea of giving your child a rainbow of play silk to your kid as a fun and creative way for them to entertain themselves. I always thought  that when I was a parent I’d have a box of play silk for my kids to play with.  That was the plan, anyway.

Silk, even for play, can be expensive, and while I think it’s a worthwhile investment it’s just not one I can justify right now. Though through my various thrifting tips I realized that I was able to collect colorful swaths of silk fabric very inexpensively in the form of vintage scarves.

It’s more or less the same thing, and Isobel loves them.

They become rugs and blankets and flowing skirts and tents for her dolls.

I’ve provided her with as many colors of the rainbow as I can, but I’m not always sure why I bother. Guess with color she prefers?

Yeah. That one.

I’ve spent between ten cents and two dollars per scarf, collecting them slowly. Most of them are 100 silk.

They are a big hit around here, and beautiful, too.

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3 Responses to “50 Thrifty: Play Scarves”

  1. Anne December 3, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    This is awesome! When we were kids, we had a laundry basket of “dress up clothes” which consisted of old Halloween costumes, hats, and garage sale finds. My mom also put in a couple pieces of fabric – maybe a yard and a half each? – that were our favorite things in the basket. A couple were shimmery polyester crepe, and a couple were cotton jersey (the little bit of stretch helped make them flexible to pretty much any use we thought of). They were capes, makeshift wigs, togas, and a million other things. So much fun!
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    • Carrie Anne December 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

      It’s the open-ended stuff that’s the BEST, I’m telling you.

  2. Lauren August 27, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    She is adorable! Love the involvement of your cat, reminds me of my own – such a goofball :-)
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