• 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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    6 Kids Activities to Celebrate Diversity

    South Africa’s Heritage Weekend is here and is yet another special opportunity to create awareness and celebrate the rich diversity that makes up our nation and our world.  In the spirit of Heritage and raising inclusive families, I have put together some crafty activities to do with our little ones and any time. I’ve also included some discussion points around each activity but feel free to mix and match them and grade them according to your child’s age and understanding. I will be adding to this post as M and I do more of these together! 1. Mix it up – Paint and Prints Hand-prints are always so fun and…

  • Guidelines for engaging your child in FREE PLAY (for longer)

    In a world filled with technology at the forefront of existence (which of course has its place), we as parents and caregivers have an increasing role in helping our children focus on the play based side of childhood. So what is Free Play really? Generally, Free Play is considered to be a form of unstructured, voluntary, child-initiated and child-led activity. It allows for spontaneous play that comes naturally from a child’s innate curiosity, and enthusiastic, explorative nature. The Benefits The benefits are endless! But I have compiled my top few fav benefits of free play below: 🌿 Free play gives children a chance to express their emotions + feelings and gives…