1. Tell us a little about you and your “typical” day. (Feel free to tell us about your work and/or passions)
Hello my name is Shelly, I’m a mother of 3 (5yrs, 3yrs, and 1yr) and a wife to a most incredible husband. I work full time in the film industry as a visual effects production supervisor, so basically I help a large group of talented people create the digital effects for movies. I have worked on Harry Potter, Dark Knight, Twilight and Star Trek. Being in the film industry makes it tough to spend a lot of creative time with my kids, but raising creative kids is one of my passions, so making time for it is a must for me. I always try to start my day with some snuggles from any of my 3 bambinos, then I drive my 5yr old to school, which usually involves one of us making up a story. I love our stories, its such a fun and creative way to start off the day, and I can do it in the car, so it doesn’t take away from time I don’t have;) then its off to a full day’s work. If I’m lucky enough to make it home before my kiddie winks are in bed then I help my awesome husband get them ready for bed and put them to sleep. We like to play dentist while cleaning teeth, I’m the dentist and they take turns ‘buzzing’ into my office, and sitting down for a cleaning, if they’re good they get a ‘popsicle’ (aka a tooth floss stick). Playing pretend makes teeth cleaning so much easier! I then join them in my PJs for some reading or quite activity time (puzzles etc). Sometimes this only lasts for 5 minutes because I know they need their sleep, but its the perfect way to end our day together.. We then snuggle up, say our prayers and fall asleep together. I’m working on trying to wake up a bit earlier to do a little morning activity of some sort with the kids, but alas, that hasn’t happened… yet 😉 The weekends, however, we make sure to play hard with lots of park visits, bike riding, dance parties, art projects and storytelling.
2. What is your philosophy on play for young learners?
Albert Einstein said it best “play is the highest form of research”
For a young child play is how they connect with others, its how they explore and learn. Through play children practice talking, singing, drawing, writing, fine and gross motor skills. Through play they learn to socialize and share which also includes learning about feelings. Play is an essential activity that allows children to learn about their world and have fun while doing so.
(Interested in this image? Check out the Painting Sticks post on Shelly’s blog!)
3 . What is your favorite toy for kiddos under five? Why?
I’m not sure if paper and (washable) markers are considered ‘toys’ but that would definitely be my favorite toy for kiddos under five. There is always time to draw for little ones, and watching what they draw and the stories that they come up with always fills my heart. Asking open ended questions like ‘can you tell me about this area?’ (and point to it), or asking if they can tell you more about their drawing are always great ways to get a little more out of their drawing and look a little deeper into their mind. After that celebrate their art making, put it in a frame, on display or send it to a relative or friend. So much can come from something so simple!
(Interested in this image? Check out A Rainbow Walk post on Shelly’s blog)
Shelly has a wonderful blog full of engaging ideas for children through art projects and kid’s crafts. Please follow along with her through her Instagram as well!