The Natural Child

Setting up an environment that invites meaningful play!



1.       Set up a ‘toy rotation’ storage system – sort toys into categories and store them in labelled tubs in a spare hallway cupboard that only you can access

2.       Get along to the local op shop and gather a variety of small trays and baskets that are appropriate for young children and can be easily carried by small hands

3.       Set up a small low shelf, mat area and child sized table and chairs, then decorate with low framed artwork or pictures and small pot plants to make it warm and inviting

4.       Present toys in the small baskets and on trays that children can see into, as opposed to large storage boxes filled with toys that requires them to pull the basket out and dig through all the toys. This creates mess and often breaks the child’s opportunity to focus in on one object or task at a time

5.       Lay out a mix of ‘open-ended’ and ‘opportunity for mastery’ play objects. Open-ended objects encourage exploration, concentration, creativity and are not usually expensive. Providing objects such as silk scarves, large felt balls, mixture of wood and stainless steel household items that are safe provides endless opportunity for self-directed discoveries. In toddlerhood also providing ‘opportunity for mastery’ objects such as stackers, puzzles, shape sorters or ‘real life’ play such as a small dustpan and brush or hairbrush and mirror can be great too. Many of these items are actually ‘non’ toys and keep children motivated in independent play for hours.

Book our in home consults and let us help you to create a play space for your child that is specifically designed to meet their developmental phase.

Amanda Richardson