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.
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.