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Let’s Hygge!

March 11, 2017

Maybe we’ll start with this wee charmer…

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While having dinner at the nearby eatery the other day, our peaceful evening was somewhat interrupted by a child yelling horrendously from a table not far from ours. Turns out, the child’s tablet may have gone flat on batteries and his parents refusal to hand over their smartphones made the on-going yelling match a rather long & sticky one. Bummer! What was to be a time meant for a lovely “how was your day?” switched into “let’s finish this quick and go elsewhere” due to this unpleasant commotion.

It got me thinking, however…

What happened to the simple toys of yesteryears and how is it that it leaves little significance to the   children raised in today’s technology-laden age?

For those of us who spent a great deal of our childhood raised playing good ol’ toys, kicking dirt outside & happily hopping into puddles, it’s a sad reality seeing children nowadays confined to the indoors. Playtime and entertainment are disturbingly carried out virtually, through a 9.7” screen.

Personally, I believe that there are parents who share the same sentiment of a healthy balance between screen time and physical toys. The world may be going through a fair bit of rapid changes but some activities (learning experiences included) should be enjoyed beyond the screen & slowly. Yea?

Lulu Rattles might look rather plain if not for the contrasting colour blocks. Boring, perhaps…but there are several reasons why I made it this way. Let’s take a closer look on what crossed my mind, shall we?

First, try this – place yourself in the little ones’ shoes and see the world through their perspectives.

Now, don’t you think a complex toy might lack harmony and cohesion with their overall surroundings? They risk becoming either too engrossed (obsessed even) or losing their attentions entirely for it has become too difficult for them to understand the toy & its functions. Wouldn’t it be great as well if we could deepened our interactions with our little ones?

It has been said that playing make-believe with a less intrusive toy (one we could whip up in a matter of time would be a bonus) has proven to increase chances of effective learning, help children to regulate emotions while honing their communication & social skills. In short, tantrums be gone!

In order to learn the workability of such theories, we’ve also carefully observed our one year old niece when she was gleefully playing, shaking to hear the bells that interestingly excites her & having mumbly baby jabbers with her blue version of Lulu Rattles – she is particularly fond of her Lulu’s yellow fluffy tail the most. Her endearing reactions towards her little toy shown how very much well impactful toys of simple designs can be.

There’s an old saying – never underestimate the power of simplicity!

So… by adopting the hygge philosophy (which focuses on eliminating fussiness while adding more meaningfulness), I’ve derived a plan of creating this Lulu series of rabbit inspired toys – particularly with children under two & avid beginners knitters in mind.

Now, go on & hop to it…

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Lulu Rattles is the first of three in the bunch of something sweet, something fun, something easy to learn, something you could make in a nick of time, something we’re hoping (fingers crossed) could bring less tantrum episodes & more peace into your family.


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  1. I could not agree with you more! We do need to slow down and allow children to experience the simple joys. The irony of writing this on my tablet to you, halfway round the world is that we have become used to this way of communicating and getting information but want our children and grandchildren to have childhoods like we had! Maybe a little of both. Many thanks for your pattern and for your time in sorting it out.

    1. Indeed & you’re most welcome, Hazel. I absolutely love how technology gives us the access to connect to so many folks on any continent. It also provides us with an unimaginably vast library of knowledge hence, making devices great tools for education. I use my tablet as a teaching aid in the UNHCR school I volunteer in – using a lot of Sir Attenborough’s Story of Life app. Also making it a point to always have a balance in each lesson, the children & I will have follow up activities or science experiments which we carry out in or outside the class. That said, an electronic device is incredibly useful when used with good intentions, yea?

      P.S: I happened to watch a documentary on rabbits with our niece & we got to reenact some rabbit behaviours using Lulu. She can now say ‘hop’, showing the action too (with the toy of course, as she’s still a wobbly walker 😆). I hope you & yours will have fun with their Lulu Rattles too.

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