Here’s the thing about free play: it requires very, very little. Children who are good at free play know how to make their own fun. They don’t need an adult to provide them with toys. They don’t need an adult to outline the rules. They don’t need an adult to explain the process. They don’t need an adult at all really! Free play can happen any time, any where, with whatever is around. Continue reading
During the Christmas break our little family enjoyed a week away at Coffs Harbour. The kids and I particularly enjoyed the time we spent on the beach together (while SquiggleDad was sleeping in!) We collected shells and pebbles, built sandcastles, explored the rocks, watched birds, and chased waves. I grabbed a “teachable moment” to spontaneously talk to the kids about God too… Continue reading
We took a spontaneous long weekend away to the Sunshine Coast, which is only an hour from home for us. All four of us really needed the time away from everything, we shared some lovely moments on the beach together:
The boys learned about water and waves.
We explored the rock pools (one of our all time favourite family activities).
We discovered new and interesting creatures: hermit crabs, fish, molluscs… and check out the amazing Spotted Sea Hare we found! (No, I didn’t know what it was without googling, though I guessed sea slug.)
And at the end of the day, we wandered the sandy shore together. Happiness.
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Holidays with under 5s are full of beautiful moments, but you have to find them. Holidays with under 5s can also be tiring, challenging, and an organisational nightmare!! I spoke on radio this week about my top 3 tips for holidaying with toddlers.
- #1 = make bed times familiar
- #2 = work in with toddler routines
- #3 = take basic kitchen plastics (2 x plastic fork, spoon, plate, bowl, sippy cup)
Click the following link to hear the podcast if you’re interested: