Amy // Playful Little Learners@playfullittlelearners

I help parents unlock their childโ€™s potential through PLAY ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ
Mum of 4 // Award-Winning Teacher
๐Ÿ‘‡๐ŸผJoin our FREE 5 Day Play Space Challenge ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ

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Amy // Playful Little Learners

She was tagged by a friend (on Facey) and then rolled into the comments with something like... โ€˜Like the baskets but nooooo I donโ€™t like the plastic tubs.โ€™ #OneOfTheReasonsIPreferInstaOverFacey
#LetMeExplain๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ...... .
The thing about *this* space?

Itโ€™s NOT about being โ€˜picture perfectโ€™ or about how โ€˜prettyโ€™ or neat it looks. (Hope you guys know Iโ€™m all about sharing the messy as well as the clean! If not PLEASE check out #PlayfulMessyAndReal!!!)
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Itโ€™s actually really intentionally designed for my kids to be able to:

P.L.A.Y.
Create.
Imagine.
Explore.
(It is THEIR playroom after all ๐Ÿ˜) .
And most importantly?
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It is my way of helping (and allowing them the opportunity!!) to BE LITTLE for the ENTIRETY of the teeny tiny window of time of their lives that is early childhood!
#LetThemBeLittle
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If YOU want to set up an engaging, playful space (small or large!) that encourages meaningful play and helps make pack away easier, Iโ€™m hosting a free five day challenge from 19th-23rd November ๐Ÿ˜ (hit up transformplaytime.com // link in bio to join!).
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Thereโ€™s 5 days worth of freebies including step-by-step checklists, inspo books, top tip vids (short!) and soooo much more (including why Iโ€™m @ikea_australia obsessed and why weโ€™ve used it for YEARS!).
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I live and breathe this stuff you guys and would absolutely LOVE to help out in anyway I can :) (And a little side note - perfect to stocktake, simplify and get organised in time for Chrissy!!) .
Tag a friend who would love to get PLAYFUL - would love to see you in the challenge! .
Happy Monday lovelies xxxx
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Baby 4 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Baby 3 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Baby 2 ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Baby 1

Guys.

We hit a milestone tonight and Iโ€™m feeling SOOOOOO emotional!๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ There are only 5 years between these four big belly pops. (Aka โ€˜Bramyโ€™ baby bumps - my hubbyโ€™s name is Brad + me {Amy} = Bramy).
#YesLikeBrangelina
#PregnantEveryYearFrom2010to2016
#1100PLUSDaysOfBeingPregnant๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿผ
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Tonight, for the FIRST time since becoming parents in mid December 2010, we had a โ€˜nappy freeโ€™ bedtime routine.๐Ÿ˜ฑ My 2 year old (3 in Feb) decided she didnโ€™t want to wear her nappy to bed, and since sheโ€™s been โ€˜dryโ€™ overnight for a little while, we rolled with it.

This. is. HUGE.

As parents...weโ€™ve never NOT had nappies...by the time one was out of nappies, there was another baby, and the cycle would start again.

Donโ€™t get me wrong - I am ALL for change - but Iโ€™m also one of those people who mourns each stage of life passed before I can โ€˜move onโ€™ to the next one. (Please tell me Iโ€™m not the only one who does this?! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ)
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And to be totally honest? Itโ€™s the first time itโ€™s properly HIT me that I officially do not have any babies!! ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ
#AndYESDefNoMore
#HubbyHasHadTheโœ‚๏ธ
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Parents who have been there - did you feel this?? Or is it just me?! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ญ
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Happy Sunday lovelies! โ€˜The days are long but the years go quickโ€™ ring particularly true for me tonight ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿผ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿผ
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Ohhh @amytangerine - I just LOVE your quotes ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
#TheyreTheBest๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
#SeriouslyCheckHerOut๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ@amytangerine

This is a lovely Friday reminder - just do YOU!!! ๐Ÿ’—
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Random Fact: one of the reasons Iโ€™m SO OBSESSED with setting up spaces for play for my kids stemmed from an experience back in 2009 that my hubby and I had...
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We made the decision to move to China for a year to teach at an international school! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
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I started with a small handful of 3-5 year old kids, all from different countries, and NONE of them had English as a first language. Some of them couldnโ€™t even speak English at all!! .
I learnt SOOOO MUCH that year, but one thing in particular that stood out?? There was ONE language that all the kids were proficient in, despite coming from all different countries and backgrounds.

This one โ€˜languageโ€™ was universal - they all innately knew it.

It wasnโ€™t something I had to teach.

You know what the language was?

PLAY!

They ALL knew how to play, and through the provision of a carefully designed space, resources and open-ended learning experiences, we were able to communicate and I was able to teach them English (and they, in turn, taught ME so much about their countries)!! It still gives me warm fuzzies thinking about that incredible year - and the ripple effect that it has had on my life!

I love open ended toys, I LOVE @ikea_australia furniture, I love pretty pics on Instagram but the REASON WHY I love these things is sooooo much deeper than a single image!!!! So tell me: do YOU love setting up spaces to play too? Maybe Sensory Play invitations? Iโ€™d love to know, pop a comment below!
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#playfullittlelearners_playroom
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โ€œWhat do I DO with this #GrimmsRainbow Mum??โ€ (Said my almost 4 year old the first time she saw it...) The #GrimmsObsession is REAL - BUT... *sometimes* you need to MODEL โ€œhow toโ€ play with a toy so open ended!! (And a quick reminder: donโ€™t make decisions for your childโ€™s Christmas List based too much on Insta!!!) For us?! - MANY hours have been spent playing....BUT do whatโ€™s right for YOUR kiddos!!
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#playfullittlelearners
#openendedtoys
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This is what PLAY & then RESET looks like at our place.
#YoureLookingAt90Minutes
#EverythingHasAHome
#PlayfulMessyAndReal

Itโ€™s amazing - but also a bit overwhelming - when you see โ€˜play ideasโ€™ on the olโ€™ socials.

Which ones will suit your family and little individuals?

Which ones will ENGAGE your kiddos for a length of time? (Also known as #INeedFIVEMINUTESToGetAJobDone)

How many of them start where YOUR kids are at?

Which ideas help them learn?

Having 4 kids in 5 years has been an UNBELIEVABLE learning curve here at our โ€˜Playfulโ€™ Head Quarters.
๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’™+๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’š+๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’—+๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’› Right up there for me personally?

I will NOT spend hours preparing something my kids will touch for five seconds only.
#ItsHappenedBeforeButWontHappenAgain

For us...whatโ€™s more important than MY involvement in my kiddos play is THEIR involvement in play (and responsibility for their things)! The way this space is arranged = THEY choose = LONGER INDEPENDENT PLAYTIME ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ
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Iโ€™m hosting a 5 day TRANSFORM PLAYTIME challenge from the 19th-23rd November.

And because Iโ€™m actually *obsessed* with playtime and the INCREDIBLE power of self-directed play - itโ€™s TOTALLY free.

Checklists, suggestions, inspo books, eBook...itโ€™ll be there for you for 5 days from the 19th Nov.

Hit up transformplaytime.com (link in bio!!) if youโ€™d like to join us to get organised before Chrissy!

Happy Monday!
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#playfullittlelearners
#transformplaytime
#joinplaysquad


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We donโ€™t live a โ€˜perfectโ€™ life.

Itโ€™s messy, chaotic, loud...and thereโ€™s ALWAYS at least one little person with GIANT feelings exploding out of their body (needing me to be the calm amongst their big emotions, of course). We do life *our* way and.... #OurWayIsPerfectForUs

Do you know what absolutely LIGHTS me up?? Seeing OTHER people share things that work for THEIR family / little ones.

The ones who have stopped comparing their life to the highlight reels of social media...and started EMBRACING life in their lane.
#NormalisingNormal

Iโ€™m absolutely OBSESSED with our incredible Play Squad members (aka Squaddies ๐Ÿ˜) - these ladies are all shades of amazing, sharing the sweet early years of their childrenโ€™s lives every. single. day with our amazing group.

Theyโ€™re the type of people who are totally transparent about a โ€˜Pinterest Failโ€™...and jump in to offer suggestions and advice.

Theyโ€™re the type of people who are all in on being the best versions of themselves - and this includes cutting themselves a BREAK when life gets ๐Ÿ™ƒ.
#WhichItDoesALLTheTime

Iโ€™m so grateful these amazing women have come together to learn, grow, share and support each other - and I am BEYOND proud to be able to provide a platform for this ๐Ÿ˜
#ItsGoodToBeASquaddie

Doors to the Play Squad Membership will open again later on this month for a very limited time - head on over to joinplaysquad.com (link in bio) if youโ€™d like to join our incredible, powerhouse group of women ๐Ÿ˜

Happy Sunday!
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#joinplaysquad
#playfullittlelearners
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Yes, Iโ€™m talking to YOU! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โ˜€๏ธ Happy Friday!! Pic: the lovely @jessrachelsharp ๐Ÿ˜
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#playfullittlelearners_inspire
#qotd
#walkingonsunshine


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Amy // Playful Little Learners

THIS IS LEARNING THROUGH PLAY
(๐Ÿ”ŠSound on! ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿผ) Child led.
Interest driven.
Turn taking, vocab building, exploring early numeracy concepts.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ No worksheets.

No fancy / elaborate set ups.

Just a (then) 2 year old, her favourite dogs and a โ€˜bridge.โ€™ (Side note - favourite part of this vid:
โ€œLetโ€™s Play dogs!โ€
โ€œNO Mum- OVER!!โ€
๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜) Playing with your kids doesnโ€™t need to be extravagant or messy!!! Happy Tuesday lovelies!!
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#earlylearning101
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TRUTH: in 2016 I posted play ideas anywhere between 1&3 times a day on Insta.
#PlayObsessed
#Mumof4

Mid 2017 I stopped posting so regularly....even though play (and early learning) is my absolute JAM - the flip side of the coin is THIS: our real, messy, โ€˜imperfectโ€™ life.
๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ#playfulmessyandREAL

The dilemma? This flip side of the coin on a picture-perfect platform doesnโ€™t go down as well as those *perfect* images.

But you know what?

STUFF IT.

I am NOT perfect.

My kids are NOT perfect.

And not only is that ok - but thatโ€™s NORMAL.

There are days when I have it together - and there are days when I most definitely donโ€™t.

There are days when my kids play together and neatly put things away...and then there are days when THIS happens ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

So today I want to send a message to any one of you amazing people who may choose to read this:
DONโ€™T measure your worth by pictures you see on social media.

Embrace and CELEBRATE every drop of the gorgeous chaos of YOUR normal.

And from one perfectly IMPERFECT parent to another:
YOU ARE ENOUGH, exactly as you are. (As am I, despite this bonkers mess!! ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜‚) .
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Tag a buddy who may need to hear this message today ๐Ÿ’— and letโ€™s start breathing some real life into this amazing platform!

Biggest smiles on this fabulously imperfect Saturday xxxx
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Thereโ€™s nothing like making a house a home (especially when @kmartaus adhesive vinyl is involved)! ๐Ÿก

#KmartObsessed
#CantBelieveIThoughtIWasGoingToBeAnAccountantWhenIWasInHighSchool
#WhoWasIKidding๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ. Giving the home corner a facelift at our amazing local Play Group with my gorgeous friend Jac!

Creating spaces for kiddos to PLAY lights me up more than I care to admit... anyone else?! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜œ Happy Tuesday!
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VALUE PLAY? LETโ€™S DO THIS ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ Over the last 2.5 years Iโ€™ve used my account to share snippets of play at our place, spaces and so much more.
More recently Iโ€™ve started opening up whatโ€™s on my heart #ScaryButWorthIt๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ - sharing my concerns for our young children and what is expected of them at school, how heavy the weight of expectation is on teacherโ€™s shoulders and how unlikely it is that I will return to classroom teaching.

#TruthBomb

The incredible @earlychildaust (WA) is leading a campaign to raise public awareness on the importance of play, and is advocating for a State government-led WA Play Strategy to reinstate young children's right to learn through play at school and in the community. ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ If you have a play account (Iโ€™ve tagged some of you!!!), have young children who break down after coming home from school, you are a teacher, you are a parent or carer: our kids NEED YOU!

Please check out http://waplaystrategy.com/ to endorse the INCREDIBLE work @earlychildaust (WA) is doing - for the benefit of OUR kids. (Only your name and a short comment is needed!)
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Your children will thank you for it! ๐ŸŽ‰
PS Iโ€™ve had a โ€˜littleโ€™ (month long!) social media break - please engage with this post if youโ€™d like to see me in your feed again! xxx Happy Wednesday!
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