• Indoor Play Ideas for Rainy Winter Days

    Indoor Activity Ideas for Rainy Days

    With Winter weather already setting in, and South Africa still in between lock-down levels, we as caregivers, need to find creative ways to keep our little ones entertained and stimulated indoors. So, instead of wrecking our brains for all sorts of elaborate activities with the hopes that they will benefit our kids, here is a simple guide filled with easy and affordable activities that can keep our little people engaged and developmentally growing too! I’ve designed this guide in such a way that each activity can be reused in more than one way 🙂   1. Taping Balls You’ll Need: Buff Tape Plastic / lightweight balls Containers / Unused Delivery…

  • playdough benefits

    6 Hidden Benefits of PlayDough

    It’s the perfect weather for some indoor playdough fun. ️ This is definitely one of M’s daily faves! Aside from your regular fine motor benefits – there are ways playdough works on the most fundamental components of development in amazing and simple ways we do not always see at the forefront. . 1. Bilateral Coordination  Playdough allows the use of both sides of the body when given the opportunity. This is a pre-requisite for practically all daily living tasks (writing, buttoning, dressing, eating, etc) 2. Hand Dexterity  I’ve seen M’s Hand strength improve so amazingly with his playdough set. It’s a great way to build tiny muscle strength in the hands which…

  • Sensory rice

    3 Easy Reusable Sensory Play Ideas for Toddlers

    With lockdown and a pandemic, it’s not everyday that we get to be out or involved in play groups these days. I’ve created this post to share some really easy ways we can keep our toddler’s senses stimulated with some simple homemade DIY #SensoryBins ⁣⁣ ⁣ 1. Summer Sensory Bin This DIY Beach Sand only used two ingredients:⁣ 🔸Cake Flour, and ⁣ 🔸Baby Oil ⁣ [Reusable if stored in an airtight container] Let your Creativity flow with a theme of your choice and items you have available (it’s amazing how soothing creating this sensory bin can be!) ⁣ ⁣ With Cape Town’s Summer Days settling in, I went with a…

  • FREE PRINTABLE: Valentine’s Day Playdough Mats

    I’ve created a little FREEBIE Printable for you to use with your kids during playdough activities this Valentines Day! Playdough is a much loved activity in our home (for both of us) and with its endless benefits – this makes the perfect go-to activity – any day! These mats are reusable and need to be laminated. If you do not have a laminator – simply use clear buff tape on both sides of the paper to create a sturdier mat. I’ve created these playdough mats with the following developmental benefits in mind: – The colours, placement and patterns help to build on your child’s visual perceptual skills (figure ground and…

  • 2021

    Happy New Year: 2021

    Happy 2021!   The past 2 weeks have been a much needed break from the socials, for simple home-bound festive family time, some hard reflections into the new year and working through some of the fog of 2020. Even though the illusion of time was felt, 2021 has already been more of an opportunity to take on the new year with some honest mental shifts. Growth does not come easily, it requires continuous reform, restructuring, pulling, stretching, painfully dying to parts of self, but ultimately blooming into the version of ourselves we were truly designed to be. I am grateful that Fresh Beginnings can happen when we choose it and…