Design a creative space for your child, so that when it’s chilly or raining or your child just wants some indoor time, he or she can retreat to paint and play, rather than veg out in front of computer games.
The New Playroom is a beautiful 34-page colour guide by a kindergarten teacher who trained in the Italian method of Reggio Emilia. Learn how to design a creative space, even in a bedroom corner.
Remove small parts/batteries (stores that sell them must take all brands back). Supervise younger children and keep art materials away from pets and very young children. Coccoina is a nontoxic glue (avoid tin version, it contains boar bristles). All glue is toxic to pets.
- Use Kaia Natural Watercolour Paints (shipped from The Netherlands, these beautiful paints are all vegan, biodegradable and packed in cardboard pots). The post links to recycled papers and vegan watercolour brush sets.
- Natural Earth Paint offers powder paints made from earth, minerals and plants, ideal to paint with fingers. Mix with water to make a creamy tempera like paint, add more paint to make watercolours.
- Veggie Baby Sidewalk Chalk or Veggie Baby Crayons (soy wax) are a US brand, but sold here. Conventional crayons are often made from paraffin (or even pork).
Backyard Playgrounds is a book on how to build amazing treehouses and swings. Children of all ages can enjoy the outdoors in their own backgrounds, with these fun projects, that also teach about building, exercise, staying in shape and working together.
Jean and David Stiles offer hand-drawn user-friendly plans to build something great in your own backyard. These timeless projects include:
- A trolley ride
- A treasure chest
- A circle swing
- A lemonade stand
- A warped wall
- A treehouse
Learn how to build a complete adventure course. And see how the treehouse can double as a home base, for the adventure course that radiates from it. Includes photos of projects during construction and completed.