creative play, Evidence Based Parenting, mothering, occupational therapy, open ended play, Outdoor play, Parenting, Preschoolers, Screen free activities, Screen time, Toys

Five Tips to Unlock PLAY

Did you know, that all around the world, 'screen time coaches' are going into people's homes and advising parents about PLAY? I just read this 'NY Times' article this morning. A friend of mine posted it on my facebook after seeing I'd just launched No More Square Eyes. Obviously, I'm not alone in feeling like… Continue reading Five Tips to Unlock PLAY

blogging, mothering, Outdoor play, Parenting, Preschoolers, Winter

Mud Mates Wet Weather Gear – a Review

As you may have figured out by now I'm a huge advocate of taking kids outdoors. You can even read a post I wrote called "Embrace The Mud" over here! There's a huge range of benefits of nature play for kids, including the fact that more evidence is emerging about the link between nature and… Continue reading Mud Mates Wet Weather Gear – a Review

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

Christchurch, Family, Mental health, mothering, Outdoor play, Preschoolers, Traditions

The Gift Experience That Keeps on Giving: A Tram and Gondola Pass

For the last couple of years my husband has gotten a Christchurch Tram and Gondola annual pass for Fathers' Day. The first one was a surprise from me, but then in subsequent years it's been a family choice that we've made. Gifting him an experience that he can enjoy and have quality time with our… Continue reading The Gift Experience That Keeps on Giving: A Tram and Gondola Pass