Sensory Play Time with Zara’s Play Tribe

Sensory Play Time with Zara’s Play Tribe

As the Melbourne weather warms up we are spending more and more time outdoors. Ever heard the outdoors referred to as nature’s playground? Well, that is exactly what it is. Endless opportunities for play right out your back door!

Although our backyard already offers many sensory experiences in our grass, trees, flowers, textures, smells and sounds, sometimes Aidan and Evie like me to take it a step further and offer different sensory adventures.

We recently got an outdoor sensory table, it is called a sand and water table BUT has so much more potential than just sand and water!

Although it does have a removable lid, the lid rarely goes on because the kids are too busy creating! There are two sections in the table, one that is made for wet substances and one that is made for dry. Let’s be honest, it all ends up getting mixed together which is AMAZING!

So far, we have tried a few different table combinations:

  • Sand & Water with scooping and pouring utensils
  • Beans & Coloured Water as a potion making station
  • Blue gelatin & ocean animals as an ocean theme
  • Truck washing station

When I reset the table I have left the ‘leftovers’ from previous play in there, it adds extra elements and the kids love building on their previous play experiences.

Engaging in sensory play outside not only gives the kids room to move and explore in new ways it gives me, as their mum, peace of mind knowing that the couch, the carpet, and the walls won’t get covered in sensory goodies. Plus kids and fresh air certainly have a certain magic about it!

The best part is that cleaning up is literally just hosing it all down, how good is that!

Thanks for the fantastic review. For even more amazing play ideas, check out Zara’s website playtribe.com.au

Teepee Styling with @alittleatlarge – Featuring our Wooden Teepee Hideaway!

Teepee Styling with @alittleatlarge – Featuring our Wooden Teepee Hideaway!

When we came across the @alittleatlarge Instagram account we couldn’t be more inspired by wonderlust and fairydust!

Writer and creative photographer for A Little At Large, Narelle and her daughter Tiah have crafted a profile full of cherished childhood memories.

We loved the beautiful beach vibes and couldn’t resist reaching out to see how they would style their very own Wooden Teepee Hideaway!

This blog entry below is a repost, originally written by Narelle at A Little At Large – http://bit.ly/LittleLoves 

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One of the things I love most about having a 5-year-old is finding things to do that ignites both our imaginations, but also creates an opportunity for us to work together to make the kind of memories we will both cherish.

With this in mind, we recently partnered with Plum Play Australia to create and curate our very own Wooden Teepee Hideway.

I have to admit to not being the handiest of handywomen, and my husband had never excelled in the “build it yourself” stakes either. So I posted the task on airtasker.com and within half an hour I had Andrew, my trusty handyman on route.

Andrew made pretty short work of putting it all together, while Tiah supervised.

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With the building done and the excitement rising, we hit Bunnings to pick out some paint. Tiah insisted she wanted it to look just like our big house, so Cabot’s Beach House Grey was the winner, a water-soluble wood stain that would be easy to apply and just as easy to clean up little paint dipped fingers.

To the garden shop we ventured, where we picked out some marguerite daisies in bloom and two Chinese star jasmine that we thought would look pretty amazing growing over to form a natural floral arbour in time. A quick stop to Domayne to pick up some joy (you will spy the sign later), and also to Spotlight, for some tulle and fancy lace ribbon.

Completing the painting was the fun part. Tiah worked on the bottom and I worked on the top simultaneously, giggling as we went when paint splashed down on her nose from my drips and my feet from hers. Two coats and we were done. We left it for a few hours to dry and got our accessories ready for the part we both love the most – the styling.

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With plants in place and a few choice bits from inside the house (including the gorgeous Sheridan fluffy Icelandic sheep pillow and a sustainable reindeer hide), we were almost ready for the exciting final touches.

A swag of tulle placed over the door (the teepee does come with a roll down awning that affixes with Velcro, we just embellished it a little), some battery operated festoon lights that we got for a song and the final piece – JOY- the battery operated light from Domayne’s Christmas collection that fitted snugly above the door.

Tiah was glowing, her teepee was more beautiful than we ever imagined and proud as punch, she immediately rounded up the neighbours, including Grace, the friendly dog from next door to join in the housewarming. We did not expect there to be jumping- well maybe just from Tiah – but when Grace joined in the festivities, I could not help but snap a moment I know we will smile about well into the future.

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As a play space, the teepee is ideal. We have a small yard and its compact footprint fits perfectly. As for the materials themselves, we were thrilled with the excellent quality. Even our handyman Andrew commented, saying how well cut the pieces of timber were, no rough edges and everything fitted together so snuggly that he said it should last a lifetime. Thumbs up Andrew.

We created some beautiful memories building and styling our teepee, but the ones I am most looking forward to are the ones still to come. I know this will be a place where carefree summers will be savoured, where tea parties will be hosted and treats from the pantry smuggled. There will be secrets shared, giggles giggled and good times had with friends. And not forgetting Grace, who pops in pretty regularly for a snuggle and random joyful jumps.

You can win your very own Grand Wooden Teepee from Plum Play, head HERE to find out how to enter.  But be quick, competition ends this Sunday, 10th December 2017. Alternatively, if you’d like to purchase a Grand or Great Wooden Teepee Hideaway for your little ones this Christmas, use the promo code ALITTLEATLARGE for 15% off (also valid until Sunday, 10th December 2017). These dates are in line with Plum Play’s Christmas delivery deadlines, but this can be extended to Wednesday 13th December for Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Wollongong, and Newcastle.

Plum Play Gifts – A Kid’s Guide To Christmas

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Christmas is just around the corner and we want to make it the most magical Christmas yet!

Need some help with your Christmas shopping list? We’ve got gift ideas with the fun factor to keep kids playing throughout the Summer holiday season. Browse our range of carefully selected gifts from play sets to ultimate outdoor climbing frames. From scooters to trampolines, we’ve got the perfect gift for your family!

This year, Plum Play® are counting down to the festive season. It’s week one and time to start our Christmas festivities!

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You have the chance to WIN a Grand Wooden Teepee Hideaway which will arrive just in time to surprise little ones on Christmas morning!

Head over to our competition page for your chance to WIN! Plus, you’ll automatically be in the running to WIN 1 of 5 $100 Plum Play Christmas Gift Cards! We’ll be giving away 1 each week! Make sure you are following @PlumPlayAus on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with our Christmas giveaways and promotions.

We’d love to see photos of your #PlumPlayPresents on Christmas day! Tag your festive family play pics with #PlumPlayChristmas 🙂

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Cementing the Bond Between You and Your Child

Here at Plum Play, we dedicate ourselves to helping children learn through play. That’s why we were thrilled recently when we were asked to contribute to an article about fun activities that parents and children can enjoy together in order to cement the bonds between them. The article was published on the Bupa Life Insurance company blog entitled ’12 Fun Activities to Enjoy with Your Kids’.
It was extremely satisfying for us to be recognised as a trusted voice in our industry. Our contribution talks about the power of role play in bringing you closer to your child.
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The Vital Role of Play
Role play can bring so much value to your child’s life, and can also help them develop many extremely important skills. Making up stories gives your child’s imagination an outlet, letting them push the boundaries of what they can create. Acting out these scenarios has been proven to help with their physiological and cognitive development. Through role play your child can learn to make sense of the world, giving them a great preparation for the real life situations they will face in the future. It also increases their mental and physical and confidence, self-esteem and decision making abilities, as they learn to take control of the world they have created.
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Getting to Know Your Child
Getting involved in role play with your child enhances the bond between you, as you can collaborate on the stories and act them out together! It offers you the chance to escape from your traditional roles of parent and child, allowing you to get to know your children as little people in their own right. This will build their trust in you and could even make them more likely to confide in you.
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Fun for the Whole Family
We love to hear about the fun families have together with our activity toys like the Plum Peppermint Townhouse! It has a unique two-in-one design that is a play kitchen on one side and a doll house on the other. The kitchen in particular is perfect for role play scenarios as it incorporates all the features of a real working kitchen! Your little chef can put pans on the hob or chop ingredients on the work surface. It’s a wonderful way of exploring your child’s creativity alongside them, even if you do get stuck with the washing up!

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Activities for Kids To Do This Summer

Keeping up with children and their endless supply of toys can seem at times a little overwhelming.

Spring cleaning is unbearable enough as it is, without the thought of trying to de-clutter your child’s toy box. That’s why in MyDeal.com.au recent blog, ’5 Genius Ways To Organise Your Home From Aussie Experts’ our top tip to organisation is to clean as you go, this way it doesn’t all have to be done in spring.

Children are continually outgrowing their toys; trends are changing and they want the next ‘it toy’ to play with. So instead of hanging onto the half-broken doll houses and swings that have sat in the back cupboard for the past three years, and are now completely covered in dust- why not get rid of them?

Plum are the active play specialists providing the fuel for active imaginations to flourish and grow. Our range of products offer quality toys, at affordable prices and are unique in that they teach balance and coordination in physical play, while also giving presence to a pretend and fun-filled fantasy world.

Providing for boys and girls of all all ages, be they 18 months or 18 years Plum has the toys for you!

Stuck with ideas on what to get your children heading into this warmer weather? Look no further we have you covered.

  1. Encouraging children to incorporate physical activity into play is critical for brain development, so check out our range of Trampolines. With colours and sizes to suit all ages, this toy is sure to get used all summer long. You can also choose between buying an in-ground trampoline or getting enclosures to ensure your children are kept safe if your busy inside cooking.
  1. All childhood memories include a sand pit, so why not get your child one this summer. Our range offers affordable prices that won’t take up too much room in your backyard. You can even check out our Plum Palm Beach Wooden Sand Pit that offers shelter from the sun so your little one won’t get burnt.
  1. If you’re too busy to bring your child to the park, why not bring the park to them? Creating a safe environment to play in, your children can get their very own Play Centres right in their backyard. With the option to choose from a range of sizes, it’s sure to keep your child active this summer and it’s a toy that won’t go unused!

By keeping on top of your children’s clutter, and investing in toys that they will get plenty of use out of will save you from the dreadful annual spring clean, and will give you more time to spend with your littles ones.