Renee is a sensory play genius who is making it easy to bring this amazing and educational play to your own house. She is a primary school teacher with two children of her own. She shares so much insight into play and its benefits through her posts, products and personal stories. Between running her business, running hands on workshops across Melbourne, working and raising her babies, this mamma sure has a busy schedule.
What was your biggest challenge when starting up your own business?
It was getting the right insurance. I am really passionate about children’s safety so there was no way that I was going to start the business without the correct cover. Thankfully all worked out however it was definitely a difficult process.
What business advice would you give to a mamma starting out?
Never give up and believe in your product and dreams. It’s not easy and I am still trying to work out the right balance between home and work but sometimes it’s day at a time. However, it’s worth every bit of tears, time and effort. The pleasure, success and learning I see in my customers is so rewarding.
What has been your greatest business achievement so far?
Running our Incy Wincy Fingers master class workshops at the Melbourne museum.
Mum life questions
What would be your first for a mum who wants to introduce sensory play?
Ohh that makes me so excited!! I would probably start with our fine motor and sensory play kit which is a perfect starter kit. From Pom Poms to kinetic sand and natural materials.
What’s your most popular product/activity?
I would say our gorgeous lavender rainbow rice. It’s handmade and made with so much love!!!
What are the benefits of sensory play?
Sensory play provides opportunities for active exploration and stimulation of your child’s senses through play, which is vital for healthy brain development. It assists in the development of muscle strength and control within their hands, fingers and wrists, while exercising and strengthening hand and eye coordination.
What age is sensory play most beneficial?
I always say it’s never too early to start with the right adult supervision. I started from newborns, however by the time they can sit up most of our products can be used.
Mum life questions
What is your number 1 piece of advice for a new mum?
Enjoy every moment and take in every moment with your lil ones. Engage in meaningful play with your lil ones and do plenty of talking and exploring. Language development is the key!!
What was the worst advice you received as a mum?
I didn’t get any bad advice! I always listened and took the advice that worked for my family and I.
How have you changed as a mum/business owner?
I’ve learnt to except that life is busy and overwhelming at times. Day at a time!
What is your most embarrassing mum moment?
I’m starting to become forgetful!!! And I never forgot important events or meetings! But I forgot my kinder committee meeting and I was mortified! Those who know me will know I didn’t sleep for a week thinking about it!
What was your most challenging mum moment?
Dealing with the 3 year old tantrums!!!! All my teacher behaviour management strategies go out the window at times haha!!
What does a day in the life of Incy Wincy Fingers look like?
I’m a routine mummy with my kiddies!! We love doing lots of play in the morning. I actually don’t stop!! In between all the house jobs and spending quality time with the kiddies, I pack orders, do Instagram posts and am always taking photos and videos.
What is the next step for Incy Wincy Fingers?
We would love to run some more workshops at the Melbourne museum!! We currently run monthly workshops at the amazing bookshop in Hurstbridge called Pickwick and Sprout which we hope to continue and create lots of magic!
What is your next life goal?
I’d love to be able to move houses so I can have an even bigger play space with amazing storage!!!!!
Anything else you would love to share.
Renee has been a busy lady, running amazing workshops all over Melbourne. She has run sessions at the Melbourne Museum including Play Box and Romp & Stomp (next Wednesday 23rdOctober). She was also involved in the Kids Book Festival, just to name a few of her amazing achievements so far.
Renee also ran a mammas only even with Zara’s Play Tribe that was all about the whys and benefits of sensory play and how to set up a sensory play. When she has a future session like this, every one of you should attend to better understand the benefits to your child.
I would keep an eye on her socials for future events that you do not want to miss out on.
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