Advocates of Play: Invitations to Play

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood". Fred Rogers Hello, and welcome to my new blog series: Advocates of Play. This idea has been in the pipeline for well over a year, but for one reason or another, it has had to take a back seat while I work on other projects. I'm so excited to finally launch with an interview with... well, me! Please introduce yourself, and your family. Hello! I'm Rowan, the face behind Invitations to Play, and this is Elsie Bean, my love and inspiration! We live in Bristol, in the South West of England, with our sweet and vocal cat, Lily. I work part-time

Our Favourite Spring Books

'The sun is nervous As a kite That can't quite keep Its own string tight. Some days are fair, And some are raw. The timid earth Decides to thaw. Shy budlets peep From twigs on trees, And robins join The chickadees. Pale crocuses Poke through the ground Like noses come To sniff around. The mud smells happy On our shoes. We still wear mittens Which we lose.' March by John Updike (taken from A Child's Calendar) Ahhh, Spring... so full of promise, with the days getting lighter and warmer, everything bursting into life, and summer still ahead. Here are our favourite books for the coming season... For Baby and Toddler: Spring by Gerda Muller This book is one of a series of four; one for each of th

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