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#FamilyPlay Phonics

#FamilyPlay Phonics

When a lot of us parents think about our little ones learning to read, known as phonics, we tend to think of sitting at a desk or table with a bunch of paper or even a wipe down phonics workbook. And whilst this has a good place in their learning, we also know that isn’t very fun, that sitting still may be a challenge, and it require our little ones to have pencil grip and control when they most likely do not. As a primary teacher and having two little ones myself, I know they concentrate more and learn more...


Playmats for Interiors

Playmats for Interiors

When I refused to put down our jigsaw playmat in our newly renovated family kitchen, which was to be our main family living space, it was out of equal despair for the impracticality of having jigsaw pieces as it was the garish colours that overstimulated anyone that caught sight of them. Having over come the jigsaw element and upgraded to a much more durable and luxurious foam to sustain family life, designing stylish playmats and the choosing the colour pairs have been a careful process.

 Totter and Tumble Stylish memory foam playmat

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What the… Montessori?

What the… Montessori?

 

This blog follows up from my recent social media post on how Totter + Tumble playmats are in-part inspired my Montessori. You see, the designs are not only chosen to be subtle and stylish in your interior, but because they are also subtle within play.

 

Just like so many parents comment to me that they find the garish or bold playmat alternatives distracting, sometimes to the point of painful, children also can feel the overwhelm and over-stimulation too.

By having quieter designs, the patterns neither dictate or distract children from their activity. Applying Montessori concepts, having a more...


Festive #FamilyPlay

Festive #FamilyPlay

I might have left it a little long since my last #familyplay blog post, but this one is right on time – Christmas time! Here I have curated a few of my favourite Christmas activities and games that the whole family can play and do together, no matter their age, over the festive period.

 

Chalkboard wipedown memory foam seafarer playmat

 The first is my personal favourite and one that we play all the time, no matter how young or old. Pictionary. Now the twist is that you create the...


Totter + Tumble's #playmat_ters

Totter + Tumble's #playmat_ters

I am delighted to share with you #playmat_ters – a commitment to donate Totter + Tumble playmats to community resources in need, be it a hospital ward, therapy centre or hospice every month using a percentage of sales. So far, Totter + Tumble playmats have been donated, or are on their way, to:

 

  • Eastbourne District General Hospital, in the short stay paediatric unit
  • The Lister Hospital, Paedeatric unit, via the East and North Herefordshire Hospitals Charity
  • The Starlight Childrens Ward at Wynthenshawe Hospital
  • The Sky Ward at Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • The Shooting Stars Hospice, Guildford
  • The Shooting...