Staying at Home Inspires Creative Play

Just before Level 4 lockdown a friend from Dunedin contacted me.  Robyn is a single mum, working from home and was worried about how she was going to manage lockdown with no adult support and three young children to keep entertained..

We discussed having an online support network and during that night our Facebook page the ‘Playful Creative Group’ was born.

Later that day Lua joined us from Auckland, and together we work as admin to ensure there is a range of creative, fun and educational posts for all ages.  There are posts ranging from craft activities, gardening, outdoor play, cooking, STEM, literacy, through to useful links.   We also have posts that support adults by keeping brains working and providing food for thought.

This page is not about seeing what other people are doing and then comparing our own efforts.  It’s about sharing support, guidance, understanding and creative ideas so there is something for everyone.

Every adult in this group is a super caregiver, simply because they thought to look for help with making this time easier and fun for their whanau.

The group quickly grew and within 10 days we had 1000+ members.  Members are located all around the world, from Barbados to England, America, Australia and even in Papua New Guinea.  We have people from all walks of life, with children ranging from newborn to adults.  

There really is something for everyone in the Playful Creative Group.

Thank you to all our Raglan members who constantly contribute fantastic posts, from our daily teddy bear creations on Wainui Road to loads of art & craft and cooking ideas from some of our very clever locals.

It’s true what they say – it does take a village to raise a child, and our small group is just one little village that has gone world wide.  

Check us out: 

Facebook: Playful Collective Group 

Instagram: @playful_creative    

Linda Holmes, Robyn McLean & Lua Downes

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