Evidence Based Parenting, Mental health, mindful parenting, mothering, Parenting, Winter

Increasing Your Daily Joy

I’ve been on a “Joy Spotting” mission lately. Joy Spotting is intentionally seeking out and taking notice of small pockets of joy. A few months ago I watched a TED talk that was doing the rounds. The speaker, Ingrid Fetell Lee, was dressed in a brightly coloured dress, and she just seemed to radiate JOY.… Continue reading Increasing Your Daily Joy

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

Family, Parenting, Traditions, Winter

Matariki – a Wonderful Winter Celebration

We have a wonderful Winter Celebration here in New Zealand, and it's called Matariki. Matariki is the Maori New Year. The exact timing of this celebration each year depends on when the seven stars of Matariki appear low in the north eastern sky. It's a time of the year when traditionally, Maori people would harvest… Continue reading Matariki – a Wonderful Winter Celebration

creative play, Indoor activities, open ended play, Preschoolers, Screen free activities, Toys, Winter

Blutrack Review – award winning STEM toy

Do you have little people in your house who are car racing crazy? Then I want to introduce to you the BluTrack Racetrack. My clever sister-in-law gifted this to us for Christmas last year, and it's been an absolute hit with our two eldest kids (who are aged 4 and 3 years old). We've used it… Continue reading Blutrack Review – award winning STEM toy