Making Space for play

We have let go of so many things over the last few weeks- old craft projects which were sitting unfinished in cupboards, the overwhelming amount of children’s craft materials, composters and wormeries which have sat unloved and under-used, gardening equipment for a vegetable garden I no longer have and a lot of vintage furniture which…

Going Plant-based with kids

Over the last few months, we’ve been gradually transitioning the whole family to a plant-based, vegan diet. There’s a noticeable difference in how well we feel and it’s definitely helped us to shed the lockdown pounds that had been slowly creeping on during the restrictions. It’s so great to finally have the whole family eating…

10 tips for Home-education with a baby or toddler in tow.

In our household the old adage of a sane Mummy equaling a sane family holds true every day. Today marks the second day that most families in the UK have resumed the daunting task of educating their children at home. Home Education is a challenge for every parent, but especially those who now face juggling…

Invitations To Play

Invitations to play are little set-ups of materials which tempt children to come and explore. Children have an innate need to discover their world, through play, and are hard-wired to learn, through their play. Everything that a child will become, as a person, has its foundations in play, and through play the child develops every…

Ethical and Sustainable Choices In Children’s Clothing

An unusually warm April has meant getting organised on the boys summer wardrobes rather quicker than anticipated. Since I run a non-profit clothing library in my spare time, this has of course been the first point of call. However, our stock of boys clothing as been loaned out rapidly this season and donations in larger…

Homeschooling – making the most of what we have

We have been thinking hard about how to best use our house and garden to give the boys exciting and beautiful play experiences, whilst holding to our family values of protecting the environment and using what we already have. A dear friend kindly lent us a copy of the book –The Curiosity Approach , and…

A few lovely things in March

This post has taken me so very long to get around to writing, it seems wrong to celebrate enjoyment of the countryside where we live and our garden when there are so very many families struggling to adapt to staying indoors in small apartments, in large urban areas. Like many families around the world, we…