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Resources & Activities to support Play Schemas

Children’s Play Schemas In case you need a recap on Play Schemas then I highly suggest you head to our blog ‘What are Play Schemas?’ before reading ahead. As a very quick recap, the repetitive action of a schema allows a child to practice and construct meaning until they have mastered the understanding of the schema. […]

What are Play Schemas and why do they matter?

What are Play Schemas? Have you ever wondered why your child purposely knocks over your block castle, hides in small boxes, throws their food, lines objects up or collects rocks? These aren’t ‘bad behaviours’ but rather natural developmental urges (called schemas) that suggest a healthy child. The repetitive action of a schema allows a child […]

How to Clean Wood and Felt Toys

 Why is it important to clean toys? Babies putting things in their mouths, otherwise known as mouthing, is not only normal, but also signals a growing interest in the world around them. In the first year, children explore their surroundings through their senses — seeing, touching, hearing, smelling, and tasting. The more they explore, the […]

Building a Wooden Toy collection on a budget

Building a Wooden Toy collection on a budget

How to build a wooden toy collection without spending your life savings? Firstly, let’s touch on the benefits of wooden toys. Wooden toys are more environmentally friendly then their plastic counterparts. Plastic never breaks down. Wooden toys are healthier. Plastic toys can leach chemicals and toxins which are detrimental to health. Germs can also harbour […]

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Mark Making in Early Childhood

What is Mark Making? Have you ever watched a child hold a pencil for the first time and scribble across the paper? The chances are that the mark they left on the paper didn’t resemble anything other then some swirls or a scribble, but mark making is so much more than scribble. Mark making is […]

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Way to Play Roads vs Cork Roads

Way to Play Roads vs Cork Roads Video Transcript: Hi everyone. My name is Amie and I’m the owner of Growing Kind. Today I am addressing a really common question, which is how do the Waytoplay roads compare to the Freckled Frog Cork roads? As you can see, they are both quite similar in their […]

Wobbel Board vs Kinder Boards

Video Transcript: I wanted to address a really common question we get, which is how do the Wobble Board and the Kinderboard compare? I’ve got one of each to show you, and I’m going to go through all of the differences, and also the similarities, so that you can make an informed decision on what […]

Developmentally Appropriate Gift Guide for 5+ year olds

BY Alicia mason – for growing kind Have you been wondering what to get your 5+ year old? We have compiled a list of 5 year old gift ideas that are super fun to play with, and they are developmentally appropriate. As you read through our 5+ year old gift guide you will notice we […]

Developmentally Appropriate Gift Guide for 3-5 year olds

BY Alicia mason – for growing kind Have you been wondering what to get your 3-5 year old? We have compiled a list of 3-5 year old gift ideas that are super fun to play with, and they are developmentally appropriate. As you read through our 3-5 year old gift guide you will notice we […]

Developmentally Appropriate Gift Guide for 2 year olds

BY Alicia mason – for growing kind Have you been wondering what to get your 2 year old? We have compiled a list of 2 year old gift ideas that are super fun to play with, and they are developmentally appropriate. As you read through our 2 year old gift guide you will notice we […]

Developmentally Appropriate Gift Guide for 1 year olds

BY Alicia mason – for growing kind Have you been wondering what to get your 1 year old? We have compiled a list of 1 year old gift ideas that are super fun to play with, and they are developmentally appropriate. As you read through our 1 year old gift guide you will notice we […]