Thursday 04 April 2013If you are in Melbourne this weekend, there’s a book launch not to be missed. Friend and colleague, Ben Sanders, is launching his first picture book! Ben is a graphic designer and illustrator of serious repute. His work regularly appears in mags, newspapers, books and advertising. You’ve probably seen his cool design work without even knowing. But, after reading “I’ve an Uncle Ivan” with your kids – you’re sure to recognise his work in the future.
Saturday 02 March 2013 - No Comments »We have bamboo in our backyard that goes wild after good rain. Out of nowhere the spears shoot up, rising way past the top of our 6ft fence, before sprouting leaves. It provides great screening, but often needs serious pruning! The kids have used the pruned bamboo spears in their play in the past. Recently we tried something new.
Friday 18 January 2013 - 2 Comments »Here’s the thing about free play: it requires very, very little. Children who are good at free play know how to make their own fun. They don’t need an adult to provide them with toys. They don’t need an adult to outline the rules. They don’t need an adult to explain the process. They don’t need an adult at all really! Free play can happen any time, any where, with whatever is around.
Friday 11 January 2013 - 7 Comments »Hello again! It’s been very good for me to take a break from blogging for the past few months. At first I felt guilty, then relieved. Only after that could I really think about what I want to do with this little patch of the online world.
Wednesday 08 August 2012 - 8 Comments »I have previously shared some thoughts about children and risk, both here on the blog and on air. And when my daughter knocked herself out by falling while tree climbing – my opinion was challenged, but ultimately unchanged. While I am happy to share my perspective as an educator and a mother, I am not a child psychologist myself, so I was delighted to be able to interview Dr Paula Barrett about this topic. Here...
Thursday 19 July 2012 - 48 Comments »Over the past few years as blogger I have been able to work with some wonderful children’s authors and artists. One of my favourites is Justine Clarke, and I am always delighted to promote her music and concerts. This year I have TWO DOUBLE PASSES to her upcoming Pop Up Tour to give away to SquiggleMum readers. (Thanks Justine!) Here are five reasons why I’m a fan: