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Welcome to the first in our new series of posts showcasing great playful sites around the web. Starting us off is Jen, who blogs over at The Madhouse, where she writes about raising two boys in a playful, crafty, baking household.
Tell us about yourself
I am Jen or MummyMad and I blog at www.muminthemadhouse.com. I have two very energetic boys Maxi and Mini aged 4 and 5, who keep me on my toes and who awakened my love of art and crafts. I adore crafting with the boys, I love the fact that they are so open and creative in the way that they look at things – they teach me something new everyday.
What’s your play philosophy?
I am a great believer in the fact that you do not need to always have an end goal with play or that is should be structured. When I craft with the boys I make sure that I do not go into it with preconceived ideas or a set end product, so that they can dictate the pace and put their own style on the projects.
I have always believed that behavior breeds behavior and this has only been confirmed as even more important to me as the boys have gotten older. I made sure that we had miniature versions of things for the boys. They had cleaning supplies, a play kitchen and other small world toys and they learned by copying what I did, which has always meant for a harmonious home.
Jen created an art corner in her kitchen: a perfect space for getting crafty
She’s passionate about home cooking and encouraging children to get baking.
And her Children’s Craft Showcase is full of great ideas you can use at home with your own children. These Christmas angels are lovely!
Pop over to The Madhouse to read more of Jen’s inspiring ideas.