I left my full-time career as a secondary school teacher when my son was born in 2010 as I didn’t want to miss out on any of his childhood. I loved being a stay-at-home mum and enjoyed having time to indulge my creative spirit by making things for him and the home.
One evening after he went to bed, I had been wondering how I would be able to keep him happy and occupied while I was out at appointments or meetings. I have never liked seeing young children being handed technology to keep them quiet but understood the frustrations of being out with young children when they’re bored and restless. It got me thinking that a perfect solution would be to have some sort of all-in-one play mat, that could be quickly packed away and brought out whenever needed. It had to be compact, fun, lightweight and be able to hold his attention.
It is funny to look back on this first PlayBag. I literally raided the fabric scraps I had lying around… old clothes, curtains, whatever I could find. I had a very basic, lightweight mini sewing machine…. The type you would buy for £30! But my idea worked!!!
It was a win-win. He was kept happily playing within my line of vision, and I was calm and relaxed watching him content and lost in his own imaginative world.
It was portable, practical and totally stress free.