Climbing a tree – working out how to start, testing for strength, feeling how the breeze in your face also sways the branches underfoot, glimpsing the changing vista through the leaves, dreaming about being king or queen of the jungle, shouting to your friends below once you’ve got as high as you dare – is an immersive, 360-degree experience that virtual or indoor settings simply cannot compare with. - Tim Gill,
Tim Gill is one of the UK’s leading thinkers on childhood, and an effective advocate for positive change in children’s everyday lives. Tim is interested in the changing nature of childhood. His work - which embraces writing, independent research, consultancy and public speaking - aims to have a positive impact on children's everyday lives. Visit his website at Rethinking Childhood.
The perfect rainy day activity. From our Fall 2012 Collection, we bring you a printable coloring sheet of our favorite boys and girls Peekaboo Beans items. Print them for your Beans and get creative! Get out the glitter glue, the color crayons or markers, use sequence or fabric scraps, attach them to Popsicle sticks to make puppets... there are no rules, just have fun! Feel free to show us your creations on our Facebook page.
Click HERE to print our Fall 1st Crop Collection Paper Dolls
Click HERE to print our Fall 2nd Crop Collection Paper Dolls
Kids are Experiencing a Play Deficit, and we need to do something about it!
Our Canadian children are experiencing a
PLAY DEFICIT! The Active Healthy Kids
Canada Report Card is the most comprehensive annual assessment of child and
youth physical activity in Canada.
The 2012 Report Card offers
some shocking statistics, that forty-six percent of
Canadian kids are getting three hours or less of active play per seven day
week. Even more concerning, kids are spending sixty three percent of their
after school time and weekends being sedentary, typically in front of a screen.
The report concludes that ‘unfortunately, the structure and demands of modern
Canadian life may be engineering active play out of our children’s lives.’
Contrary to what you might think, children themselves are not in favour of
this! Ninety two percent of Canadian children reported in the study that they would
choose playing with friends over watching television. So, if play is what
children need and also what children want, what is getting in the way?
There are many factors contributing to the PLAY
DEFICIT our children are experiencing.Our
children are playing less than any previous generation and they aren’t happy
about it. Today families are leading busy lives. Children are enrolled in
structured activities that take up much of their free time. Play dates are
difficult to coordinate between busy schedules. Children’s safety is of
paramount concern and inhibits much of the free play that kids of previous
generations enjoyed. Our modern lifestyle is becoming less and less compatible
with opportunities for unstructured free play and this is hurting our children.
This lack of play will have a profoundly negative impact on children’s
physical, intellectual, social, and emotional health development.
So, we at Peekaboo Beans are committed to the
initiation of a PLAY REVOLUTION to inspire both parents and children to respect
the important role that PLAY has in a child’s healthy development. We are
challenging families to evaluate carefully those things that get in the way of
children PLAYING each day. Children need access to places to play that allow
them to move freely and explore their environment. Children may need less
structured activities to allow for more time to just play. Families and
communities can work together to provide safe places for children to engage in
free and active play with peers and siblings. A PLAY REVOLUTION will give back
to children the joy of play by recognizing it as an essential component of
So with the initiative of our Play Revolution, we will be launching a series of Pop Up Playdates, to get kids outside, moving and experiencing free play! Stay tuned for all the exciting details and be on the look out for the Play Patrol!!
Going into the winter season those days of outdoor play will become a bit less and less, even though we are still advocates for playing in the rain and not-so-nice weather, we still all need those back-up free play toys laying around the house for when we need them. So here's a great craft project you can do with the kids which will also be a perfect addition to that "indoor" toy bin.
Why do we love this so much? Because... the simplicity of these blocks give the child a chance to explore the beauty of color while still having fun and using their imagination to create games, activities and engage in important simple play. Doesn't get much better than this!
We stumbled upon this cool project at Handmade Charlotte, and we encourage you to visit and explore their many other beautiful play inspired projects. Just click here for the original post and full project instructions.
Ever wonder who is running the show? What the "Playground" is? How we become inspired and continue to create and grow? Here's a quick behind the scenes look at all us ladies & Derrick (our sole brave man) who make up the team at the Peekaboo Beans Playground.
The Peekaboo Beans "Playground", located in Richmond, British Columbia, has been busy planting a unique and special working environment with a family first philosophy. Together as a family we watch our garden grow and thrive through a strongly rooted value system. Our garden grows when we fill it with like minded individuals, water it with positivity and embrace change.
Peekaboo Beans is a vine like no other as we support and promote a work life balance for Moms. We believe that everyone deserves to be a mom but still be YOU, all while loving what you do each day. With rejuvenating yoga classes, relaxing chair massage, super fun monthly play dates and even personal grocery shopping, Peekaboo Beans brings to bloom a true mommy mecca.
As we plant the seeds, add some water and watch it bloom we live by the vision of working culture specifically geared to what working mamma's need. Imagine in-house daycare, shopping services, exercise facilities, spa services, meal preparation, and many more family support systems right at your finger tips. This is MOM Inc. A place where, through support and family values we can have every Mom arrive home happy, healthy and present for their special little Beans!