FOR THE LOVE OF LEARNING AS SEEN IN ISSUE #23
OUR TOP 7 EDUCATIONAL GIFT IDEAS
“Education begins the moment we see children as innately wise and capable beings. Only then can we play along in their world.” Vince Gowmon
Check out this issues top educational resources for some nurtured inspiration this Christmas.
BY MEGAN DALEY
A gentle guide for parents and educators to help foster a love of reading in children from birth and beyond. Award-winning teacher librarian Megan Daley unpacks twenty years of experience in children’s literature in this personable and accessible guide, enhanced with up-to-date research and firsthand accounts from well-known Australian children’s authors. Megan says, ‘creating a culture of reading in your home encourages self-awareness, kindness and empathy, reduces stress and opens up new worlds and ways of thinking.’ Easy to follow, practical, and bursting with great book recommendations, activity ideas and more, Raising Readers is essential reading.
Some kids refuse to read, others won’t stop – not even at the dinner table!
When should you start reading to your child? How do you find that special book to inspire a reluctant reader? How can you tell if a book is age appropriate? What can you do to keep your tween reading into their adolescent years? Award-winning teacher librarian Megan Daley has the answers to all these questions and more. She unpacks her fifteen years of experience into this personable and accessible guide, enhanced with up-to-date research and first-hand accounts from well-known Australian children’s authors.
It also contains practical tips, such as suggested reading lists and instructions on how to run book-themed activities. Published by UQP, ‘Raising Readers’ is a must-have guide for parents and educators to help the children in their lives fall in love with books.
To purchase the book, click the button or to learn more about Megan, visit Children’s Books Daily.
MY MILK WILL GO OUR LOVE WILL GROW
BY JESSICA ELDER
My Milk Will Go, Our Love Will Grow is a children’s book written to help mothers talk to young children about weaning from breastfeeding. Using simple words, rhyme, and relatable illustrations, this book helps children gain an understanding of the transition while addressing day and nighttime weaning. It acknowledges feelings while reassuring children that emotional needs will still be met, and that love and nurturing will always continue. It is a sweet keepsake to represent the beautiful breastfeeding relationship. This book was written by Jessica Elder, mother of four and clinical social worker. It can be purchased internationally, online, through Amazon.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jessica Elder, LMSW, LCSW is the author of My Milk Will Go, Our Love Will Grow, a book for weaning. Jessica is a mother of four who helps parents support children with transitions through communication, connection, and creative play.
READER REVIEWS: ‘Beautiful weaning book. Immensely poetic and guiding for mums in this tough transition. Much needed. I sobbed when I read the title out loud.’
HAPPY GO DUCKY
NATURAL HANDMADE TOYS
At Happy Go Ducky, our mission has and always will be to remain plastic-free! We love sourcing hard to find, natural handmade toys that are non-toxic and sustainable from boutique brands all over Europe. All of our packing materials are also recycled, recyclable and bio-degradable. We’re a small family-owned business located in Sydney, Australia, and our passion is sourcing unique, traditional, and one of a kind children’s toys that will be loved, cherished and passed on when the time comes. Visit our online store and find the perfect keepsake gift for this Christmas!
CUSTOMER REVIEWS: ‘Thank you so much to the team at Happy Go Ducky for making my shopping experience an enjoyable one. I contacted the team enquiring about stock availability for a particular item, not only did they respond back to me within an hour they despatched my order on the next business day. I would highly recommend this business to anyone looking for great service and beautiful products.’
Totli is changing the way children play with their clever range of Montessori-inspired toys. Designed by an Australian Teacher and Mum to nurture children’s natural creativity, curiosity, learning, and development through play. Founder of Totli, Lauren, says, ‘Totli was inspired by a love for learning and bringing children back to basics. We’re on a mission to help parents create enriching experiences for their children in an easy and meaningful way.’ Totli’s range of playthings are ethically crafted from natural and organic materials. If you’re looking for sustainable toys that promote less toys, more joy, be sure to check out Totli for the perfect Christmas gift inspiration.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS: ‘Huge shoutout to Totli and the wonderful Lauren! My baby lost my small yellow piece of the cups and tubs set on the first day we got it. I contacted Lauren explaining the situation and look what showed up to my house with a mini leaf to keep it company. Couldn’t recommend this brand any higher. If anyone is after an open toy with a difference from a Australian mum who genuinely cares and stocks amazing quality you need to check them out.’
AUSTRALIAN MADE WOODEN TOYS
The concept of Bear Timber came about during one of the most challenging times the world has encountered – Covid-19. As an early childhood teacher, I was eager to extend my knowledge and educational experiences to other families through providing sustainable and eco friendly resources that promoted and encouraged play-based and open learning. Our one of a kind wooden tool puzzle has been designed and created in Tasmania, Australia with the little building enthusiast in mind. The large, chunky pieces are easy for toddlers and young children to grasp and manipulate. With Christmas just around the corner, our educational resources make the perfect gift.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The team at Bear Timber are helping to nurture children’s education and development through Australian made, high quality wooden toys and educational resources.
THE ORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN PLAY COUCH
WHATSiE is the modular play couch that parents and kids can’t get enough of! Designed by a local Sydney Mum to be comfortable, stylish, and fit right into the modern home while still being incredibly versatile for play. Founder of WHATSiE, Lisa says, “Having two boys with boundless energy and incredible imaginations during the 2020 lockdowns, I needed something that steered them away from screens and into active, creative play as much as possible. That’s how the WHATSiE was born.” The WHATSiE play couch is available in ten colour palettes, with exciting new add ons coming soon! Visit the WHATSiE website to shop now.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS: ‘I have two whatsie play couches and highly recommend them. We love ours, they get used every day. The quality is amazing and the foam is firm and sturdy. My 12 year old son loves building things with all the different cushions for his little 18month old sister. It takes his weight when he is playing on there with her. It’s actually quite comfy, we have ours currently set up in the lounge room for the kids to sit on to watch tv and I have even had a nap on there.
The double brushed fabric feels amazing and so easy to clean – the colour choices are gorgeous too if I do say so myself. The owner is so lovely and helpful. Super fast delivery! 10/10 would recommend!’
Many parents struggle to find baby playmats that look stylish in their homes. Lillefolk makes Scandinavian designed playmats in neutral colours that look like beautiful, real rugs. The playmats are non-toxic (PVC and BPA free), can be wiped clean (they’re waterproof) and easy to pack away and store when not in use. Now you can have a stylish family home that’s also safe and nurturing for your little ones for everything from eating to painting! Lillefolk has you covered. “Just what we needed!! Our floors are tile and this mat provides cushion for floor playtime. Our grand daughter loves playing on it. When she goes home it breaks apart easily and is easy to store. The mat has been one of our best purchases.” Review of Lillefolk Grey playmat. Free delivery Australia wide.
WHY WE LOVE IT: When Marie’s daughter was 4 months old, she was desperately hunting for a play mat that she could learn to sit and crawl on, but could only find bright and colourful mats that clashed with her home interiors. Inspired by her Swedish heritage, Marie set out to create premium quality Scandinavian designed playmats that look stylish in your home. Now you don’t have to compromise on style to give your baby the best.
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