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

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

Crafts, hand eye co-ordination, hand strength, Indoor activities, Parenting, Preschoolers, Screen free activities

Our “Science Board” (aka Bug Collection).

We have a collection of bugs in my son's room. Dead bugs. Creepily stuck to a pin-board, dead as a doornail, along with other flora that he's collected over the last year. In this house, I've had to learn to love bugs and not be freaked out by them or their creepy crawly nature. I… Continue reading Our “Science Board” (aka Bug Collection).