Putting play, fun back into learning
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.
Anita Nylander and daughter Tallulah (2) and PLAYworks founder Sherrise Todd.