Putting play, fun back into learn­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By DENISE S. CAHILL

TAL­LU­LAH Ny­lan­der (2) is very par­tic­u­lar about where her art is dis­played at home.

The tod­dler cre­ates her art­works with mum Anita dur­ing art ses­sions at PLAY­works in Ned­lands.

Mrs Ny­lan­der, of City Beach, said her son Os­car, who was in Year 1, had art dis­played at home and now Tal­lu­lah had her work pinned up all over the house too.

“There’s noth­ing like this for two- year- olds oth­er­wise,” she said.

Early child­hood teacher and artist Sher­rise Todd opened PLAY­works late last year to en­cour­age cre­ativ­ity in chil­dren and their par­ents.

“This play­group is child­fo­cused, where mum and child cre­ate some­thing to­gether. It’s a bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” Mrs Todd said.

“What I was be­gin­ning to see (as a teacher) was an aca­demic fo­cus and less op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to play and learn through play.

“Chil­dren were suf­fer­ing more from anx­i­ety and their fine motor skills weren’t where they should be.

“I wanted to pro­vide a cre­ative space where mums and kids could bond.”

Mrs Ny­lan­der said Os­car also at­tended ses­sions at PLAY­works.

“In Year 1, he doesn’t do a lot of art so it’s nice to come here for classes on the school hol­i­days,” she said.

Mrs Todd, who has two chil­dren aged 11 and 13, said she got in­spi­ra­tion for the busi­ness from the PEAC sys­tem, which was only of­fered to high- achiev­ing stu­dents.

“All chil­dren could ben­e­fit from those cour­ses,” she said.

Other PLAY­works ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude Lego and robotics.

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie d453654

Anita Ny­lan­der and daugh­ter Tal­lu­lah (2) and PLAY­works founder Sher­rise Todd.

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