Waiting for Later

Waiting for Later, a children’s story by New Zealand Author Tina Matthews is a simple and delicately woven tale. It’s a beautifully illustrated and crafted story that contains wisdom for children and adults.

In the story Nancy is seeking someone to play with or entertain her, she is asking for simple things – a story, to be rocked, to play a game. Nancy’s family are all engaged in their own makings and doings and say, “Not Now, Later.”

This story reminds us that waiting is okay – and that what happens for children while they wait is important and significant.

I’m sure I’m not alone in seeing a large amount of articles and memes reminding us that it’s okay, good, and even preferable for our children to become bored.  (This is a nice one!)

Not only that – it’s a developmental achievement. Go you!

Apparently being bored will make our children become creative geniuses, or at the very least independently motivated (yes please!).

Possibly I’m just speaking for myself when I say that the ‘I’m bored’ litany is most often delivered in a tone that can flick a crazy switch in your (ah.. my) brain. And here’s where we could fill up their ‘love tank’. Or if you’re like me, you can offer them many household jobs to do.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s both vital and wonderful to read to, play and spend time with your children. It’s a part of daily life for most families. And there are also times when family members are occupied with their own tasks of daily living, creating, working (or napping) and here we are offered the idea that it’s alright to stay with those tasks.

This book beautifully illustrates what children can get up to when they are told, “not now” or “later.” They move on from asking for entertainment to begin to actively think about what they can do.

In the story when Nancy is thwarted she goes to climb a tree instead. Here is where I love the story even more. It demonstrates the range of sensory and creative feedback something as simple as climbing a tree can provide for children.

The tree rocks Nancy, she spys tiny creatures, the tree swings her, the leaves tickle her, the moon tells it’s story.

If we want tuck in a little deeper to what Nancy is seeking out in the story, we could say she was looking for activities, – rocking, swinging etc to help her activate her proprioceptive and vestibular senses.

In the story (and in real life) time in nature – particularly tree climbing can help with that. Gripping, balancing, supporting oneself, pulling, bending, using our coordination, listening, using our eyes and swinging are all activities children seek out to help regulate and manage their bodies. As you follow the illustrations through it’s lovely to see Nancy gradually losing her shoes and socks so that she is barefoot and making the most of the pressors on the soles of her feet.  These provide information used to calculate weight and posture to the vestibular areas of the brain which, amongst other things, helps with balance.

Nancy’s time in the tree provided her with not only sensory feedback but also time. Time to herself, time to enact ideas, time for inner quiet, space to try out new things, time for creativity, opportunities to discover and observe what she might not normally see.

It’s no surprise that Nancy comes away from her time in the tree with a new sense of herself. “I know I’m small, but tonight I feel big.”


And it’s no wonder that Waiting for Later was shortlisted for the QLD Premier’s Literary Awards, The NZ Post Children’s Book Awards and  LIANZA’s Russell Clark Award for illustration.

It’s a carefully written and stunningly illustrated book and a good one for the bookshelf as well as the parenting toolbox. The gentle offering of allowing “not now, later” to be a positive contributor to child development is a lovely gift from this author to us.



March Family Nature Club

Christina Renowden started ‘Leap into Nature‘ to increase children’s ecological literacy and develop meaningful learning experiences in outdoor settings.  Christina is a full time mum and ecologist/zoologist who has a passion for connecting children with nature.

We’re lucky enough to have Christina come and share her knowledge of frogs and waterbugs at our March Family Nature Club.

Details and bookings below.

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Christina will give us a chance to view live frogs as we find out about their habitat requirements and the role they play in the ecosystem.

Christina will lead us in a range of hands on activities & games to learn about frog life cycles, external features of frogs and adaptations.

There will also be the chance for free play, chatting and eating a snack/lunch.

The Details…

Date: Saturday March 18th, 2017
Time: 10:30am onwards
Venue: Gray’s Garden, Inverleigh.
You will find this by parking at the corner of Cambridge and Newman Street, Inverleigh. (Right behind the Primary School and the Presbyterian & Anglican Churches.) Follow the wide bitumen track for about 2 minutes and you will see Gray’s Gardens.
Pram & Wheelchair Friendly.
Cost: $24 per family.
Food: Please BYO snacks/and or lunch, weather appropriate clothing.
(Possibly a change of clothes for the ride home!)

visit thefoxguild.bigcartel.com to book

Autumn Picnic

We are so looking forward to celebrating Nature Play Week in 2017 with an Autumn Picnic.

It will be lovely to have Annie Bryant sharing her Stories and Songs in her beautiful Bell Tent.

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Part of the day will include craft, a nature treasure hunt & free play.

The Details!
Date: Saturday 22nd April, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm + onwards
Annie’s Storytent will start at 10:30am
Venue: Frank Mann Reserve, 5 Heal Street, Ceres.
Food: BYO Snacks, Water & Picnic Lunch + Picnic blanket.

This is an all weather outdoor event.

Please bring appropriate weather gear & footwear for both your children & yourself!
Look forward to seeing you on the day.

Tickets are limited and are on sale for $24 per family.

visit thefoxguild.bigcartel.com to book