About the Author…
Alice is a Melbourne mum-of-two, maritime engineer, taxi driver, renovator, cleaner, maid, art teacher and household event’s organiser. When she is not inhaling coffee, you will usually find her running after a semi-clothed child, scraping food scraps from the floor and generally trying to keep two mini-me’s alive.
Pre-children, Alice studied Engineering and Commerce at the University of Melbourne, enjoyed playing netball, fitting into nice clothes, having a civilised dinner and being able to have deep, interesting adult conversations with, well, adults. She now enjoys going to the toilet by herself.
With the birth of her second child two years ago, a yard that was unusable and an energetic and ‘outdoorsy’ toddler to take care of, Alice struggled with finding activities that not only kept him busy around the home, but encouraged him to play independently, provided educational development and maintained his attention span for longer than the time it takes to change a newborns nappy.
Whilst never holding any ambition to become an author, Alice quickly became frustrated with the lack of books that encouraged play at home without too much focus on crafts (oh, the mess), huge setup times or a large investment in materials.
So, sick of the Mumma’s guilt that goes with not being able to sit in a park all day and even more sick of a cluttered house, full of large, cheap, noisy toys that were never played with, Alice sought about writing the book herself. Sometimes, if you want something done, you must do it yourself.
What ensued was two years of researching and testing a range of fun, educational and easy play activities that could be done with household items.
It is her hope that it can help make every parent, guardian, grandparent’s and carer’s role just that little bit easier.
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