Every practitioner will be building up their own resources for use with children and their carers. Play informs this work, so it’s necessary to have a range of items available, suitable for different ages. Not that one need be ageist about this: there is, after all, a child within each of us… One of my favourite stores in Australia is K-Mart, since the variety is not only wide but generally inexpensive. Also, there’s plenty of pieces made from wood, which are a joy to handle. Here’s a very small selection I purchased just the other day, six items for $12.
And here’s my favourite: a blow-up pink pig. You insert the included blow-pipe and, well, blow until desired size is reached. But beware: I got a little carried away and soon after this photo was taken my pink pig EXPLODED. [No one was hurt, apart from Pink Pig.]