Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Owly Scarf Play {Heuirstic Baby Play}

Hi there! Mummy A again with Squishels (now a fast developing 4 month old!). This month in the Playful Baby series we are exploring heuristic play.

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Heuristic play: a big fancy term coined by child psychologist Goldschmeid to refer to the use of everyday objects as play items. When I heard about this month’s blog topic, I immediately thought of my beautiful, soft, owl-patterned scarf.

Some time ago, I wore this scarf when meeting a friend and her daughter. Little Miss was shy and not even three years old yet. She was the sort of girl who would hide behind the pleats of skirt, peeking out occasionally to show the world a beautiful face with blonde curls. I had put my scarf down with my handbag (I personally hate wearing scarves, but bought it because of the owl factor) and noticed Little Miss was quite intrigued by it. I pulled it out and gave the invitation to play with it by initiating ‘peek-a-boo’, before passing the scarf over to Little Miss. What happened next was magical. This plain, boring scarf somehow transformed into so many things- peek-a-boo, a hair piece, a skirt, a dress, a kite. It literally became anything Little Miss wanted it to be. That’s when I knew I had to keep scarves in the back of my mind as an ‘anywhere, anytime’ toy for the life growing in my belly.

Sure enough, once Squishels came to be, the scarf soon became a commonplace play item. It, along with terry-towelling nappy flats, muslin squares and flannelette blankets, became one of Squishels’ favourite ways of exploring the world. With a simple piece of material, textures, tastes, object permanence, interactions and security can all be learned and developed. And mummy can occasionally get a couple of minutes break while her little princess gets distracted by some everyday item most people would never expect to use as a play item!

I'd love to see your heuristic play ideas on Facebook or Instagram just add #playfulbabychallenge @squigglesandbubbles @loving_naturally @squishelsandme @mummy_loz

Playful Baby Giveaway

Each month as well as equipping you with some fantastic, playful baby ideas we will also be giving away one fabulous Grimm's Spiel & Holz Wooden Toy!

Grimm’s Spiel & Holz have been making unique and distinctive natural wooden toys since 1978. Inspired by the educational philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, Spiel & Holz toys leave room for independent and open-ended play, allowing for the child’s own imaginative and creative life to be developed. Spiel & Holz toys have no sharp edges or corners as all the toys are individually sanded by hand. Each toy is hand-finished with special non-toxic and water-based dyes providing distinctive colours and shades, and then treated with pure vegetable oil.

This month you can enter on Facebook or Instagram!
To enter via Instagram: Upload your photo to Instagram using the hashtag: #playfulbabychallenge and tag @squigglesandbubbles @loving_naturally @squishelsandme @mummy_loz 

To enter via Facebook:
Like the Squiggles and Bubbles Facebook Page
Like the Squishels and Me Facebook Page
Like the Loving Naturally Facebook Page
Post your picture to Squiggles and Bubbles wall
That’s it… TOO EASY!!
Every valid entry is entered in to the prize draw!

Winners will be chosen based on adherence to the guidelines – your photo can be literal, funny, clever, or really creative! Just make sure you show us how you connect with your baby through play!

The fine print…
  • Giveaway is open to Australian residents aged 18 and over.
  • The winners will be announced via a blog post and on Facebook and Instagram on the 15th of each month.
  • The winners need to contact Squiggles and Bubbles via Facebook within 14 days or prize will go to the runner up.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, authorised by or associated with Facebook or Instagram.

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Please always supervise your infant/child at play.  Please stay within arms reach and never leave infants/children unattended.  You know you're infant/child best, use your own judgement-considering your infant/child's temperament, habits, behaviour and development before you play with a new play medium.

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