If you read my post on Monday about Being True to Yourself you will have seen that I am revisiting the 30 days of hands on play that Hands on as we grow and The Imagination Tree did in November. I’ve signed up for the e-mails (you can set the start date to which ever date you want to receive them from) and my first arrived.


So here goes – Day 1 of my 30 days of Hands on Play and today’s mission is

Today’s Challenge: Jot down how you’d like to become more hands on with your kids through play, as well as note your child’s interests!

I did this back in November when I joined in the challenge and here’s what I wrote then

My Mission Statement is that I want to my children to look back and remember me as the Mum that played, danced, acted crazy, crafted with them and not the mum that said “Wait a second”, “Later” as well as discover a way to split my time between the two and develop play that is possible with both at the same time.

It hasn’t changed much – I still want to be the mum that I was then. As T is now older I don’t necessarily need to split my time between then instead it’s play alongside them both. I also want learning to play a part – learning through play that is.

Toddlers playing chase
J and T playing chase in the garden

J is now 32 months old he loves play any sort, he invents new games and likes to mimic what he sees. He loves singing and adds verses of his own invention to songs quite regularly. Making things is one of his passions – we do arts and crafts most afternoons. J loves the outdoors, he plays in his sand pit, water table on the slide, we’ve also just discovered a “cave” where he thinks a bear lives in the garden.

T is now 13 months old, she’s a tornado she never sits still, she plays with her dolls, animals and soft toys and loves sitting beside her big brother when he’s building with his blocks doing the same. She dances to any sort of music and loves action songs. T is starting to initiate games with J as well her favourite being chase and will drag him away from what he’s doing to play with him.

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.


  1. Hi! Didn’t get my email yet for some reason. I might be a day behind you in posting as I’m in the UK.

    My mission statement: To become an active and fun Mommy, to not put off activities and fun time any longer than absolutely necessary (I can’t acquiesce to every request whilst cooking for example) and to stop browsing social media, text messages unless they’re both napping.

    I have two daughters; one 23 months old (E) and the other 10 weeks old (C). E has a short attention span at the moment and needs me to be active with her in her arts, crafts and play otherwise she bores quickly. She LOVES to read a lot, look at family photo albums, play with her dollies and any activity that involves “learning” so colour sorting, shapes etc. C is 10 weeks old, she likes to listen to me sing, look at board books whilst I read and watch my face. I find it hard to interact with her just on her own despite spending 3 of 7 mornings alone with her, I never quite know what to do!

    1. Hi Rachel, check you spam mine went in there first and then you have to confirm subscription and it starts coming through.

      I love the mission statement – I’ve discovered an add on for firefox that you can block sites at certain times of the day in the past I have seriously considered putting it into action.

      I think E sounds like J did at 23 months – he found it difficult to stay on task for longer than a few minutes if I wasn’t beside him playing and doing activities with him which wasn’t always possible. Also agree that baby play is one of the hardest. I’m working on a series for babies before 6 months old with play ideas and will be doing a 10 go to blogs for babies next week which are full of ideas for babies. I find the first 6 months the hardest with J and T for play they don’t really do anything and until 4 months didn’t really respond with anything but smiles.

      Looking forward to you joining us on the journey to hands on play 😀

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