Our parent community is growing and fast! It’s always great to hear more about what’s happening in the home learning environment and the impact EasyPeasy is having on building relationships, developing key skills and importantly — that crucial enjoyment factor! Parent hero — Trevor Carpenter tells us more about how EasyPeasy has positively impacted his play routine with his Son Kai.
Photo C/o Mr Carpenter
"Hello EasyPeasy community!"
I’m Trevor and I’m a single Dad to Kai aged 4yrs. Our time playing together and Kai’s development is very important to me and it’s been great to have access to play ideas via EasyPeasy. We’re currently receiving the programme via Kai’s early years provider and now I’m keen to share it far and wide! As a single Dad, I’ve been inspired to set up a Single Dad’s Club, as I felt there was limited help and support out there specifically for our community. I’m hoping to promote EasyPeasy to our group of Dad’s so they can experience the same benefits that myself and Kai are having.
"The idea of the Single Dad’s Club is similar to EasyPeasy in that we want to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of those involved by having fun!"
Sounds great! Tell us more about the club you’ve set up! The idea of the Single Dad’s Club is similar to EasyPeasy in that we want to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of those involved by having fun! I’ve been blessed and managed to secure a shed space for our get togethers and a growing patch of ground, so the Dad’s and their children can meet-up get our hands dirty, learn to grow our own food and build great relationships in the process. The group activities will have an emphasis on art, nature, recycling and helping the local communities.
How important is ‘play’ in your routine with your Son? Play is very important in our routine. I use play as a motivation for my Son, as he can be quite competitive — like many boys his age, so I initiate play when I need Kai to change what he is doing. It’s a good distraction and brings a different focus in the moment.
"I am a firm believer that learning at home is just as important as what Kai learns at school."
What does ‘home learning’ look like to you and your family? We will have at least one form of home learning activity everyday. I am a firm believer that learning at home is just as important as what Kai learns at school. This is where EasyPeasy has really helped us to have fun learning through play.
Has EasyPeasy helped meet your Son’s learning needs? Totally! It’s a different type of learning than at school, we often forget that we’re learning when we’re playing. The focus in on play and the learning happens automatically.
What works well when using EasyPeasy with your Son? I think the simplicity of the games is great. They are all easily adapted and developed to suit my Son. We often develop and evolve the games! The design and structure of the communication from EasyPeasy also helps to simplify the experience.
"I have seen our bond grow. My Son’s confidence has grown too"
Have you observed any other impact on you or your Child while using EasyPeasy? I have seen our bond grow. My Son’s confidence has grown too. Kai starts to develop and change the games, so I have seen his communication and problem solving skills develop as well.
"I think the fact that the games are quick and easy, means they can be played at any given moment."
From Kai’s perspective, what does he enjoy about the EasyPeasy games? I think the fact that the games are quick and easy, means they can be played at any given moment. We can be walking to school and Kai has picked a game and developed it to suit the walk to school. It’s incredibly accessible for both of us.
Do you have any tips or advice for others who want to bond with their Child around play? My top tip is to make it fun! Let your children take the lead on what they want to play again. We always develop the games.
Do you and your Son have a favourite EasyPeasy game? We have two favourite games that we love to play. On the way to school we play “Category Clap” and then when we’re in the car — we play “Opposites”. EasyPeasy fits in with our routine and we can play anywhere we choose to!
Category Clap — C/o EasyPeasy
Thank you to Trevor Carpenter for sharing his experience with the EasyPeasy Community!
What’s your EasyPeasy story? We welcome all feedback, stories and learning moments so please reach out to Community Manager Steph to share more details — firstname.lastname@example.org
Throughout this blog, wherever we refer to “Parents” we mean “Parents’ and Carers”, including for example Grandparents’ and older siblings when they have significant caring responsibilities for children.