Hi, and welcome!
Welcome to this modest and friendly hub. If you’re a busy parent, you’ve found the right place for practical & fun unplugged activities for kids.
Hi, I’m Maaike, an illustrator, scientist and mama of two curious sweeties (6 & 9), caffeine addict, childhood doodler and design enthusiast. As a working mom I know time is valuable – no time for endless browsing Pinterest (tempting as it is..). So if you’re looking for reliable fun screen-free after school activities for kids, that also pack some creative/educational value, you’re in the right place.
On raising kids
I love raising my kids. We play games, create art, get our hands dirty, dance in the living room and fool around. I firmly believe that play is the best way to learn. No pressure, just observe and try. Sometimes we do nothing – that’s important too (especially with a Super Mario obsessed boy..).
Play date ideas: reliable, educational and fun
I’m always looking for ideas or activities to fill rainy days, ’empty afternoons’ or play dates. Whatever I post will be researched and well-designed. In other words, everything I post will be reliable. That’s a comforting thought.
It’s so frustrating when people post without double-checking. How often do you open a post or click on a pin only to find broken links, inadequate descriptions, leaving you to improve on the spot or running to the shops for missing supplies. Not here. I have done and tested every design and every idea that I share. I just want things to be right.
Apart from the arts & crafts activities that usually clutter the living room, we just looove playing board games. I stumbled upon paper claiming it’s all the rage now. If so, I’m accidentally trendy (and a have a cupboard stacked with board games to prove it!). So I’m always looking for new games. I believe it’s really great for the child’s development as it teaches them so much: strategy, counting, waiting for a turn, pattern recognition, learning to loose (!).. and win (..). And: it’s a NO-SCREEN activity. Thumbs up from me!
Screen-free activities for kids
While you’re here, please have a look around in my little shoppe. It’s stocked with printable activities (masks for role play, board games, DIY decor, birthday party printables) and retro-inspired prints. Simple designs, full of colour, full of attitude. Just like the blog posts, the printables are well-designed and reliable.
In a nutshell, here you will find easy hands-on play ideas for kids: creative, educational, fun! The designs are well though out, full of colour, full of attitude and bring a wee bit of cheerfulness into your home..
You will get high-quality, tried and tested printables from me. As a mom and a graphic designer, I can vouch for reliable printables. But you don’t have to take my work for it, just have a look at the free downloads on my website and you’ll get a taste of the products that I design.
All designs have been handcrafted by me, on a big wooden table on my Macbook and drawing tablet, in the company of hot coffee. They have been tested by my kids their friends, and I only put then up for sale if they’re ‘officially’ approved by them!
Also, you will be supporting a working mom who is running a small studio and paying for swimming lessons for the kids, not the second holiday home of an executive director of a global company. It’s the www-version of ‘buying local’, I suppose.
Anyway, feel free to browse..and print!
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