Grantham nursery leader's children's activities ideas sold in catalogue
A nursery leader who makes children’s activities out of everyday household items has seen some of her unique creations sold in a catalogue.
Theresa Brown has worked at Serendipitys Day Nursery, on North Parade in Grantham, since 2011 and often comes up with innovative and fun ways to further the children’s development.
Her designs were soon spotted by the TTS Group, a website that provides school supplies and educational resources for schools, teachers, nurseries, childminders and parents.
They visited Theresa at the nursery, where she is the baby room leader, to see some of her ideas already in use. These included a collection of coffee tins which had gaps in their lids cut out which the children had been using to post bottle top lids through.
Theresa, who turns 60 this year, said: “I saw this as an early version of a shape sorter and I wanted it to be big and chunky so babies could use it to help with their motor skills and hand and eye co-ordination. I also used pegs in a Pringle tub.”
TTS loved the ideas and adapted them for its catalogue and sent Theresa some free samples for the nursery.
Since then, TTS has continued to liaise with Theresa and design and adapt her ideas to sell in its catalogue, including sensory eggs, sensory bottles and coloured mats featuring the four primary colours which have also been made into ‘sorting’ mats using animal figures.
One of Theresa’s best sellers evolved from sticking the tubes that are inside a kitchen roll to a wall so children can drop items through them to help hone their motor skills and learn how to grip.
The mum-of-three added: “These have been selling really well so we are yet to receive our free sample.”
Theresa, who also has three grandchildren and another grandchild on the way, says that she is always on the look out for new ideas.
She added: “I get my ideas from everywhere including items I’ve already got at home, Pinterest and I also look inside charity shops to see if they have got anything we can use. I often describe it as having a ‘light bulb moment’.
“I am always thinking about what I can do next. I don’t throw anything away.”
With more ideas in the pipeline, Theresa has no plans to stop.
She added; “I am so passionate about my job and it just pleases me that I am able to help the children develop through my creations. I just want to continue to make the baby room a fun place for the children to be.”