Hi! My name is Amanda. Over the past 20+ years I have worked in education with children of all ages, languages and learning styles. I have a Masters degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, with a focus on Child Development. I also have an 8 year old daughter. 3 years ago I started KinderCrea. I began offering playgroups in a home based studio and have now shifted to offer Creative Playgroups outdoors. The Creative Playgroup is what I wish had existed when my daughter was young. Since I couldn't find it, I created it! I am excited to be able to offer you and your child the opportunity to engage in creative sensory play together.
I believe in the power of play! Children are natural learners, especially when given the time and trust to follow their interests. Sensory experiences and messy play are also an important way for children to develop their understanding of the world around them. I believe the process of exploring the different materials is more important than creating a finished product. I am also very inspired by the Reggio approach and have a Montessori mindset. I aim to offer elements of these practices during Creative Playgroups.
When my daughter was very young, I offered messy play and sensory experiences at home. I really enjoyed these moments together! It is so amazing to observe the pure excitement and joy as children make discoveries and experience new sensations. I also always notice how intensely children can focus when they are truly engaged in exploring their own ideas and experiences. Looking back I wish we had done way more of this type of play at home, but I can also clearly remember why we didn't...
Messy play at home can be a little overwhelming! Planning ideas, looking for or buying materials, setting up and then cleaning up your child, the floor and putting everything away again. Not to mention that sometimes it doesn't go how you expect or last as long as you hoped... maybe they are not interested, finish quickly, are suddenly hungry, tired or distracted. The mess is not really a big issue on its own, but combined with all the other things needing your attention... work, laundry, dishes, groceries, errands, appointments, cleaning, naps, meals, snacks, bath time... it can be a lot. Yes, there really are easy set ups for messy and creative play at home (and I will definitely offer you tips and ideas too) but sometimes it can just too much to add on to the physical and mental load that you already carry with parenting.
This is where my idea for KinderCrea came from. I was looking for an experience especially designed for young children. A place where I could take my child, away from the million things needing attention at home. A place where an experienced professional did all the planning and cleaning. Then I could just focus on enjoying the play experience with my child, without worrying about the mess. Creative Playgroup is what I wish had existed when my daughter was young. So, since I couldn't find it, I created it! Now I am excited to be able to offer you and your child the opportunity to engage in creative sensory play together. I look forward to meeting you and your little one soon!