How do we like to play?
I have two lovely children - Jago (5 1/2) and Loveday (2 1/2). If you're wondering, they are both perfectly respectable Cornish names...
All the kids on the tour are being asked the following questions:
Where do you live? We live in Penzance, in Cornwall. In the United Kingdom.
What season is it there now? Summer!!
What is your favourite way to play?
Loveday: I love playing princesses!
Jago: I hate playing princesses and I love playing Power Rangers. I go to the Power Ranger Centre (Mum: I think this is the local playpark) and fight Nylocks.
Loveday: I am pink Power Ranger! I like princesses, cats and knights. Painting cats.
Jago: And I like Attack! The game is called Attack! Knights versus monsters. I like going to the playground
Loveday: I do, I like going to the playground.
Jago: Can we play trains? (Mum: this is an interminable game we play when going anywhere by foot with the buggy, especially the park - everyone holds on & I collect tickets and pretend to make train driver and buffet announcements in a silly voice, stopping about every 10 metres for yet another station... Green Bin Station, Postbox Station, Park Gate Station... it is the bane of my life. Oh yes, I love playing with my children...)
What do you like most about learning with friends?
Can you tell us something special or different about where you live or games you play?
Mum: The kids didn't have much of an answer for this one so I made this collage of pictures of some of the things they get up to and showed it to them to see which of the pictures they liked best... It does genuinely star a pink Power Ranger. We don't have much of a garden (you can see the whole extent of it in the picture of the sword, it's about 3 paces wide, 5 if you're a kid...) but you can see how utterly blessed we are with playgrounds, parks, beaches and fields within walking distance...
Jago: I think all of them are cool but I think the best one is me with my Power Ranger sword.
Loveday: I like the one with Kwazii
Jago: We met him at the Seal Sanctuary. He's an Octonaut.
Loveday: Not a little Octonaut
Jago: He was bigger than you wasn't he mummy.
Loveday: Bigger than me too. I like the bandstand at the playground. Dancing and running.
Watching my kids play is one of the greatest joys of my life. And playing with them (when it's not the train game) gives me such wonderful creative freedom. Inspiration and hilarity that spreads to all other aspects of my life.
What sort of things can you study at the Ecademy?
The very first Ecademy course I did with my 2 and 5 year olds was "Put Ups and Put Downs". It's short, fun and insightful, and we loved doing this together.
It gave us a whole new language to talk about what kind of behaviour makes us feel good or bad, and resulted in my lovely son making this 'put-up' for his dad. Which pretty much made my husband's month!
"Put Ups and Put Downs" is available completely free this month - so head on over and sign up.
We've also had a go at "Starting A Writers' Notebook". My son loved making his own special book to write in, but at 5, he isn't very keen on the actual writing yet, so I think that's one to go back to when he's a bit bigger.
However, we really enjoyed getting stuck in to "Be A PeaceKeeper" with his 6 year old friend - even going on to create our own adventures, hunting for our favourite peaceful places in the local park to share. I loved doing the exercises too! Jago can't wait to try Backyard Science Investigations next...
Now, it's your chance to win ALL of these Ecademy courses to try with your children.
You can win a fabulous prize!
Lucky us, we've had access to all these courses for free so that we can join the Playful Tour. Now YOU can win a scholarship to ALL of the Playful Learning courses for you and your children to enjoy.
We have LOVED doing the courses we've joined in with, so this is a truly fabulous prize - I couldn't recommend them more.
To enter, all you have to do is comment below - let us know what you and your kids love playing together most (and maybe even what your equivalent of the 'train game' is...).
For an extra entry after commenting, tweet this:
Just entered @storyofmum's competition to win a @playfullearning scholarship here #playfultour http://www.storyofmum.com/playfullearningtour
We'll select a lucky comment or tweet randomly on 22 August to win the fabulous prize!
Follow the rest of the Playful Tour:
We've had great fun finding out how other kids are playing around the world - my kids look forward to checking out these posts every day - why not play along with your kids too?
August 1st: Playful Tour Kick Off http://playfullearning.net/playful-tour/
August 2nd: Oh My Handmade, Canada http://ohmyhandmade.com/blog/
August 5th: My Organized Chaos, Japan http://www.my-organized-chaos.com/
August 6th: Childhood 101, Australia http://childhood101.com
August 7th: Mindful Parenting, Australia http://www.mindfulparentingmag.com
August 8th: Pickle Bums, Australia http://picklebums.com/
August 9th: TrashN2Tees, USA http://trashn2tees.blogspot.ca/
August 12th: Simple Kids, USA http://simplekids.net/
August 13th: Mee A Bee, Japan http://www.meeabee.com
August 14th: A Happy Adventure, NZ/China http://www.ahappyadventure.com/
August 15th: Story of Mum, UK http://storyofmum.com/
August 16th: Poppy Haus, USA http://www.poppyhaus.com/
August 19th: Kid World Citizen, USA http://kidworldcitizen.org/
August 20th: Salsa Pie, USA http://salsapie.blogspot.ca
August 21st: Everything Mom & Baby, Canada www.everythingmomandbaby.com/
August 22nd: Simple As That, USA http://www.simpleasthatblog.com/
An Everyday Story, Australia http://www.aneverydaystory.com
August 23rd: Made By Joey, Canada http://madebyjoey.blogspot.com
August 26th: Growing Up Herbal, USA http://www.growingupherbal.com/
August 27th: All Done Monkey, USA http://alldonemonkey.com/
August 28th: Thirteen Red Shoes, USA http://www.thirteenredshoes.blogspot.com.au
August 29th: The Tiny Twig, USA/Africa http://www.thetinytwig.com/
August 30th: Swoon, USA http://www.swoonstudio.blogspot.com
Satsuma Press, USA http://satsumapress.com/
Who's behind The Playful Learning Ecademy?
Mariah Bruehl is a parent, educator, entrepreneur, and author of the book Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder (Shambhala Publications, 2011). In 2011 she launched the Playful Learning Ecademy, which takes virtual-learning experiences to a new level by incorporating the best practices in education with engaging hands-on lessons, bringing parents and children together from all over the world into a unique, creative community environment.
Playful Learning website
Playful Learning Ecademy