The heart 💙 of our Packs is the PLAYGUIDE 📘, packed full of tips, activities and education to help you get the most out of your PlayPack! Written by Speech-Pathologists to ensure you get the very best advice and support to creative meaningful playtimes with your little ones.
Books can be such a wonderful way to explore social concepts with your kids. We especially love Boy+Bot, a gorgeous tale of two friends who learn more about each other’s uniqueness and how to be a better friend. This is a moving tale of friendship, kindness and compassion. Plus, its Robot-themed, so a hit with the kids! Perfect for #internationaldayoffriendship#PlayPack
My latest video is now live 😊 In this Q&A I talk about holding boundaries - especially when children get really mad about you saying ‘no’ to something they want! 🙈 You’ll find a link to it through the linktree in my bio. 🌱 Hope you get some new ideas, as always please let me know what you think or message through any questions ✨
Our Sensory Spectacular box is filled to the brim with activities to get you and the little ones excited about seeing, hearing, eating, touching and smelling! This box has been carefully designed to help you connect with your little ones and have loads of fun at the same time. Best of all, the activities in the box will provide hours of screen-free fun and learning! FREE postage Australia-wide! Tap to shop 🤗
this simple little invitation to play is always SUCH a winner. play dough, figurines, and some interesting sensory items to push in. well done and thank you for sharing this photo @a_day_to_play this looks like great fun ✨🌱
defiance in two year olds... sound familiar? 🙈 my latest video answers a follower question on the topic ✨ all of my videos are captioned so you can watch with no sound 😊🙉 you’ll find a link through in my bio if you’d like to watch it! 🌱
Have you tried a sequencing story yet? They are fantastic for helping kids build words into conversations. They also reinforce the idea that a story has a beginning, middle and end. You can combine both pictures and words if you like, and feel free to create your own cards at home, all you need is paper, scissors and crayons!
new blog post alert!! ✨ link through the link tree in my bio 🌱 this one is the first of the series answering the questions i’ve received from followers 💗 ‘at what age should i be implementing management for behaviour?’ such a good question! 🌿 also - how much do you want to play in this mud kitchen at @natureplay_at_infuse 😍
an indication of a winner activity must surely be the player exclaiming ‘this is so fun mama!’ 🙈☺️✨ lyra loved making little ‘vases’ today - segmented paper towel roll wrapped in string and a bundle of flowers from the yard provided opportunity for so much joy 💐🌿
How gorgeous is this loose parts invitation to play by @countbynature ? ✨ So many beautiful textures! 🌿 Have you caught the second video in the behaviour series yet? In the video I talk about an ‘ABC Chart’. I’ve made up a PDF version of this chart for my email subscribers - if you’re not on the list yet, pop your name on by following the link in my linktree (on my profile!) and I’ll send it through to you too ☺️ I’m aiming to get the last video in the series up over the weekend, where I’ll add some further info for you to collect for your parenting toolkit around behaviour in early childhood! 🌱✨
a potion master hard at work soaking up some glorious winter sunshine ☀️🌱 i’ve got a newly written post coming up which i think will hit the blog tomorrow night! there’s a link to the website through the linktree in my bio if you’d like to have a snoop around before then 👀✨ and as always, the email list subscribers get an early peek at the info 🙈🌟 so if you’d like to pop your email down on that list you can too! ✉️🌿
did you catch the second video in my behaviour series? 📹 you can find it by following the linktree link in my bio. ☺️ thank you SO much to all of you who have had a look and sent through messages saying you learnt something - i feel so warm and fuzzy from your feedback!! ✨🌱
Do you ever stop to comment on your surroundings? Not only is this a powerful daily practice for us as adults to just stop and take notice of our surrounds… but simply commenting on what you see around you is a super way to stimulate your child’s language development. YOU are your child’s best teacher and the comments you make about things you notice are what develop their world knowledge. What would you say having come across these leaves? Share your thoughts below…
Our packs were designed by Speech and Language Pathologists, so they are geared towards developing communication, language, speech and fine motor skills. We have created 6 pillars of play that are explored in our packs. To find out more, check out our website!
how gorgeous is this scene by @countbynature 🙏🏼✨ i just want to get in there and play with everything! thank you all SO much for checking out my first video last night (link is in the bio if you missed it!) i’m sure you can tell why lyra won’t be in the next two parts? 🤔😂
Throwback indeed! Look what we just pulled out of the therapy bookshelf… reminiscing about the days where we would sit mesmerised by these magic eye books. Still so fascinating!! #throwbackthursday#PlayPack
Sneak peek - Creepy Crawlies pack coming soon!! 🐌🐛🐞
You will meet a tiny bug with the sneezes, make gooey slime, head off on a nature hunt, create your own colourful insects, and explore many other weird and wonderful activities 🤗
#BTS well it’s been almost a month so..... time for a rebrand 🙈🌿 gather and play is two ideas coming together, in a way that i hope can connect like minded parents along with being able to support them in their parenting journey ✨ on one hand, i know how important it is to spend time on self care as a parent (what’s that 🙈😂), and that’s where our play boxes come in. give your child a play box 📦 = #timeforaHOTcuppa ☺️ ☕️ secondary to that, i want to be able to give parents insight into their children’s behaviours 🤔🌱 ‘why is my child doing this?’ i want to help you to gather information and support play 💗 stay tuned team, and thank you for coming along for the ride with me! 🌟
Parents often ask how to incorporate speech and language learning into their daily routines. One of the best times to do this can be dinner time 🍽. For many families, this is the one time of the day they are all together. It can be a challenge to get your child talking after a long day though. Why? Because it takes work, there are lots of balls to juggle to participate in a conversation; recalling of past events, formulating the message, selecting appropriate vocabulary, using good timing and working against competitive speaking situations. One way you can make this easier is to use conversation starters like ours above. You can turn this into a fun game and build up some suspense around dinner time by giving each member of the family (yes parents need to get involved!) a turn at picking a conversation starter out of the box.
Todays #throwbackthursday is the Hacky Sack! Remember how fun these were? Here are some simple fun games to get you started; toss the ball over a line or use your PlayPack box as a target. Juggle (if you’re keen!), seeing how high you can throw them, trying to throw one over your leg, aiming for a basket or knocking over some wooden blocks… see what you and your little ones can come up with 🤔🤗
Our PlayPacks are designed to keep you inspired with play ideas and activities for approximately 2-3 months!
Each pack is based around a central book and theme, and jammed packed with fun.
Our PlayGuide is full of suggestions to extend play and develop your child’s social communication skills. Whether it’s quality time together or just ideas for you to set up for the little ones… our packs have a little bit of everything.
lyra isn't quite writing letters yet, but she's really loving getting to know them! half the fun of this activity was getting to do so many snips with the scissors, and getting to decide which names would be written next ☺️✨
her favourite spot in the house - perched on the windowsill in the loungeroom ☺️✨ she's been requesting her 'play box' almost every day since giving it to her! i've really loved seeing what kind of play has emerged and what kind of skills she's been able to work on. in this video i just adore the way she works so hard to get that sticky tape sorted out (eventually i help her a little!). i am a huge fan of the idea of 'grit' and fostering a growth mindset - have you heard of this? 🤔🌟🌱
look, i'm not a particularly creative or imaginative person with great art skills. when it comes to playdough, my repertoire involves making letters, flowers, and cupcakes and that's pretty much where it ends - unlike Em over at @happyhandshappyheart 🙈 but you know what, i still have a whole heap of fun playing with lyra making things together! playdough is such a great resource for soooo many skills... today we collaborated and took turns, thought of problem solving ideas, considered weight, used fine motor skills, played pretend... a note of caution to those of you with dogs though... playdough is essentially a delicious salt lick and if left unattended will likely become a soggy treat (potentially much to your child's dismay 🙈). oh dear. 😂✨
have you heard of proprioception? it's one of the lesser known senses! i blogged about it ☺️follow the link in our profile to find out what it is and how it affects your child's behaviour. lyra spent some time today pushing her dinosaurs into playdough - in line with our blog theme 😉🌟
With fun animated characters, stickers, coloring books and crayons all in one pack, kids really go creative! For birthday party favors, school prizes and more, there’s a variety of Play Packs here to please kids
Did you know that a Speech Pathologist is a learning and literacy expert? Would you like to know more 🤔? Language and speech development are tightly linked to literacy acquisition, so SPs regularly assess and treat those with literacy difficulties. A child’s pre-literacy skills can be determined long before they attend school or even know how to read or spell. Red flags for ongoing difficulties can be identified early so we can all work hard to lay really solid foundations for success. Let us know what you’d like to learn more about!
there's a bit of interest at the moment towards both words and colours, when reading these books today i had the idea to make tiny little word matching slips - it was a bit too tricky to match them to the words in the books, but matching them to the same words scattered around the notebook page was a success ☺️ adding the pom poms was the next idea! presenting these opportunities to strengthen knowledge around words/colours/any concept really is just a matter of repetition, doesn't matter what it looks like ✨👀 quick simple easy and fun 👌🏻💗 ps. can you spot the rogue chickpea?? a snack which found its way out of the nearby bowl and in to this shot 😂