Recipe for a Happy Day

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17Mar
recipe for a happy day

Recipe for a Happy Day Ingredients: 1 cup of friendly words 2 heaped cups of understanding 4 heaped teaspoons of time and patience A pinch of warm personality A dash of humour Method: Measure words carefully.  Add heaped cups of understanding.  Use generous amounts of time and patience. Cook on front burner but keep temperature low. Do not boil. Add…

“Making Childhood Magical.” I’m not done!

Posted under Imaginative Play, Play activities

2Apr
making childhood magical

“Why I’m NOT Done Making My Kid’s Childhood Magical”   Yesterday, a friend posted this on her Facebook page. “I’m done making my kid’s child magical“ by Bunmi Laditan, featured on The Huffington Post. Bunmi’s article is a reminder that it is not our job as parents to CREATE a magical life for our children, and that they already see and…

Wooden Playscape Designs at Folkwood by Sandy

Posted under Imaginative Play, Toys and Toy shops

29Nov
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Wooden Playscape Designs at Folkwood   A little while ago, I literally stumbled across the most gorgeous shop on Madeit called Folkwood. I have been bubbling with excitement to share this shop with you in the lead-up to Christmas. You will LOVE this. I just know it.   Folkwood is the work of Sandy, Mama to 3 grown boys, and Nana…

Nature Crafts For Kids: Stick dolls

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16Aug
nature crafts for kids

PFE Reader Showcase: Nature Crafts for kids I just love nature crafts for kids. I’m so excited to introduce Stick Man’s newest friends. PFE Reader Jacinta sent me these photos of her children’s creations. I hear they had a ball making their own Stick Man, and Stick Girl. I wonder what their names are..? I’m particularly fond of their woollen…

Setting up a children’s playroom space

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18Jul
playroom

Five tips for setting up the children’s playroom space It’s my idea of heaven to have a separate playroom for the children’s toys but unfortunately, it’s not always possible. Many of us simply don’t have the space. When I ran Moondew playgroup from home, my loungeroom became a pseudo-kindergarten class, with toys lining the shelves that sat strategically around the…

Play Resources For Indoor Creative Play

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8Jul
play resources

Play resources for children’s indoor creative play   Have you ever searched or wished for a list of things you could use as play resources for children’s indoor creative play?  Well, look no further. Here it is. This is the list I wanted when my daughter was small, and I’ve been adding to it over the years too. It’s a…

Creative Play: Scaffolding Experiences

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7Jul
creative play

Photo source  Creative Play: Scaffolding Experiences to spark imagination! When it comes to ‘loose parts’ and children’s inventiveness, creative play can be stimulated by occasionally offering a variety of tactile things that ‘scaffold’ (in loose terms) imaginative play. Tactile experiences help to enliven the senses and may also allow a child connect to their body a little more strongly. They also encourage…

How do children play? Loose parts in action

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6Jul
how do children play

How do children play?  Loose parts in action. How do children play? It’s a question that I often ponder, especially in recent times as I watch this massive growth and accessibility in technology become a huge obstacle standing in the way of free play for many young children. Then just the other day, I found this old ideas book of…

Designing with loose parts

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5Jul
loose parts

Designing with “loose parts”   When children have open-ended materials, or loose parts, at their disposal- especially things from nature or those that are particularly beautiful- one of the things they often do with these materials is to make designs. In my experience, these designs are often mandala-like in their nature, with repetitive elements of colour, shape, texture and form….