It all started when…

It all started when I went to Berlin for three days of training in a wonderful studio run by a physiotherapist and Hengstenberg practioner, Anja Werner. During our stay, we went to visit the Strandgut - a former shop that is dedicated to sand play and was the inspiration of Ute Strub.

Soon after that, I met Ute, an extraordinary woman who has dedicated her life to helping parents and professionals understand the importance of free, self-chosen play and free movement development. Ute’s delightful enthusiasm for her work and life is contagious and I have been inspired to work with her whenever possible since then.

During a weekend of Pikler training in the UK, when Ute was teaching a group of enthusiastic practitioners, parents and health professionals, I got to see the sand play experiments in action and so began the beginnings of a seed of an idea.

In The Sand Kitchen, Newbury, West Berks

In The Sand Kitchen, Newbury, West Berks

The Sand Kitchen is that idea finally coming to fruition.

So far, I’ve shared this with a nursery in Kidlington and with families in Newbury, West Berks, where I did my first pop-up sand play experience. There’s more to come and I’m really looking forward to developing this further.

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Best time Ever!
— A Happy Parent, Newbury