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 a 6 year old daughter.
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 an important way for children to develop their understanding of the world around them. I believe the process of exploring different materials is more important than creating a finished product. I am also very interested in and inspired by the Reggio and Montessori approaches and aim to provide elements of these practices at KinderCrea.
When my daughter was very young, I offered her messy play and sensory experiences at home. It is always amazing to to witness the pure excitement and joy expressed by your child as they make new discoveries and experience new sensations right before your eyes. I really enjoyed these moments together! Looking back I wish we had done way more of this type of play, but I can also clearly remember why we didn't...
Offering messy play at home can be overwhelming! Planning an idea, looking for or buying materials, setting up, and then cleaning up the activity and your child afterward, not to mention where to store everything too. I found that when I did set up an activity, sometimes she was not interested, played for less than 5 minutes, or did completely the opposite of what I expected (or made a bigger mess), or she would just suddenly be over it- hungry, tired or over stimulated. The mess was not really a big issue on its own, but it's the mess combined with all the other things... laundry, dishes, groceries, errands, appointments, cleaning, timing around naps, bath time, and especially the endless preparation and clean up of all the snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner... And how about that cup of coffee for yourself, which is probably cold by now?
This is how my idea for KinderCrea was born. I was looking for a place, especially designed for young children. A place where you can take your child, away from the million things needing your attention at home. A place where you can just focus on the play experience and your child, without worrying about how messy they are getting, because you are at a place where someone else will clean it up! KinderCrea is the place I wish existed when my daughter was younger. My daughter is in school now, and I have the opportunity to bring my idea to life! I am excited to be able to offer you and your child a place where you can engage in creative and sensory activities together. I look forward to meeting you and your little one soon!