Christmas, creative play, Early childhood development, Family, Fine motor development, hand eye co-ordination, Indoor activities, open ended play, Parenting, Screen free activities, Traditions, visual perceptual skills

Open Ended Toys and Shopping Small: What Our Kids are Getting for Christmas.

I thought I'd share what my kids will be getting for Christmas this year. Not because anyone's asked. But because I'm a blogger, so that's what I do. This year I had a couple of goals in mind for gifts for the kids: Open ended play items: meaning toys that can be played with in… Continue reading Open Ended Toys and Shopping Small: What Our Kids are Getting for Christmas.

Early childhood development, Evidence Based Parenting, Gross motor development, open ended play, Outdoor play, Preschoolers, Proprioceptive system, Vestibular

Book Review: Balanced and Barefoot

Recently I have been re-reading one of my favourite parenting books: "Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children", By Angela J. Hanscom This book was the spark that ignited my passion for nature play. This book is one of the reasons why I decided to start blogging. This book… Continue reading Book Review: Balanced and Barefoot

creative play, Fine motor development, hand eye co-ordination, Indoor activities, open ended play, Parenting, Preschoolers, Screen free activities, Toys, visual perceptual skills

Toy Review: Magnatiles

Today I'm going to talk about the toy that gets played with the most in our house: Magnatiles. I always feel a bit hesitant to blog about toys, because I really don't want to feed into parents' feelings of "needing" to buy all.the.toys for their kids. But what I am passionate about is parents providing… Continue reading Toy Review: Magnatiles

creative play, Early childhood development, mindful parenting, mothering, open ended play, Parenting, Personal

That Playcentre Life

Playcentre! That place behind the fence which you drive past and wonder "What happens there?". That thing that you've heard about and wondered "Is that for me and my child?". Is it a playgroup? Is it a daycare? A kindy? Well... no, it's not any of those. For anyone reading from overseas (and, anyone brand… Continue reading That Playcentre Life