Nurturing Little Explorers
Curious Me is a sensory playgroup, owned and operated by sister team, Kaycee and Angie, on the outskirts of Logan City. With an extensive background and passion for early education, Kaycee programs and runs our classes, providing a range of play ‘experiences’ designed to deliver key learning outcomes for all abilities. My focus remains more heavily behind the scenes, business administration, social media and growth opportunities.
INTERVIEW WITH ANGIE – CURIOUS ME & AMIE – GROWING KIND
For those that have been following my journey for a few years will know that I originally owned a service based business running Sensory classes. My business was known under the name Soundsations. As my daughters grew and my interests changed I decided to give this up. I sold the Seven Senses Program and resources to sisters Kaycee and Angie mid 2017. I was super excited to get the girls on the blog to tell you about their growing and evolving business! I am now lucky enough to attend with my children whom ABSOLUTELY love it! And I am so glad to be on the play end rather than the cleaning haha!
What made you want to start Curious Me?
Good question. Soundsations (now Growing Kind) announced they would no longer be running the Seven Senses program. My son and I loved attending each week didn’t want it to stop, simple solution buy that component of the business and start your own! I know, I am a little crazy.
My sister and I were both on maternity leave and I saw an opportunity to work together, utilise both our strengths and compliment our weaknesses, stay at home longer with our children and start something we both truly believe in – sensory play and play based learning. There was one road block, Kaycee was incredibly reluctant and took a lot of persuasion. But as you can see, I got her over the line!
What do you love about sensory play?
I’m not sure what I love more, watching the children play or the parents squirm? I love nothing more then watching the children explore in their own time, especially when we hit developmental milestones together or overcome aversions. But I really enjoy observing the changes in parents, like myself (who are not teachers, early educators, OT’s, etc.) that come with an open heart and open mind. The ones embrace the unknown, choose to educate themselves and see just how important sensory play is for their children. When you see the shift that it’s okay to put things in their mouths, that’s how they learn and it’s okay to get messy, you can clean it off.
What’s your one piece of advice for families who are sensory avoiders?
For the parents avoiding sensory, please stop worrying about clothes getting messy, little hands touching things and feet getting dirty. Your child is missing out on so many developmental and learning opportunities. It is undeniably proven that children learn through play. Remove the distractions; iPads, phones and the televisions. Go outside and just explore; look, touch, smell, taste, listen and move.
For the parents with sensory avoiders – you’ve identified your child has some sensory aversions and that’s great! How can you help? Consider their interests and create some invitations to play at home. Not all sensory has to be wet and messy, dry sensory is just as important. Children also do well watching and learning from others, it can really help their confidence levels and tempt them to try new things. I would also recommend trying to find something similar to Curious Me in your area. If that’s not a possibility, try starting a local sensory play group where each parent brings a sensory tray.
What about sensory seekers?
When thinking ‘sensory’ it’s important to remember sensory is not just wet and dry play, it’s truly all around us. It’s being outside in the garden, feeling different textures, smelling different plants, climbing, listening to the the world around us and so on. Find new places to explore, go for a walk, play in a friends yard, try a new park, make a trip to the beach, sit and watch the clouds go by. All these things will stimulate your child’s senses.
When it comes to wet and dry sensory play look no further then your local grocery store or dollar shop. The pantry sections will have plenty of things you can use, see what’s on special; spaghetti, noodles, beans soup mixes, etc. The dollar store will have pompoms, pipe cleaners, glitter and much more! Also consider items you can recycle and upcycle like bottle caps.
As Kaycee is an early educator, she plans and programs our sensory experiences with a learning outcome in mind. She says “Whether it be fine motor / grasping, gross motor, mathematical concepts, building concentration, social and emotional. But honestly, pop any of these things out for your child and they will take it to a place you had never imagined. Extending and furthering skills, they will eventually master and will use throughout their life.”
How can they find out more info about your program?
Easy peasy, follow us on social media @curiousmeqld or checkout our website www.curiousme.com.au.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch email@example.com