{ All About Playing } interview with Claire Payne



Definition of play: engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose; engage in (a game or activity) for enjoyment; amuse oneself by engaging in imaginative pretence;

Since I make toys – and I’m a mother of a little one – I begin to grow more and more curious about playing. How children these days play, how parents interact and play with them, how can we play in a fun way with them, how playing can help children’s development…

For this interview I have the pleasure to introduce you to Claire and her family.

Please tell us a bit about you and your family.
I am a mum in her late 30’s with 3 girls, one aged 10 and twin that turn 3 this moth. I run my business from home and work around my children and lots in the evening.

Best playground.
Our garden, we have recently moved to a house that needs a lot of work compared to our brand new build we left, but with an acre of garden/playground for our children to enjoy their childhood.

In a free day what is your family favorite activity?
Walk along the beach, seafront or a theme park.

How do you play with your kids? With what kind of toys?
We play with a lot of soft toys, role play, that is what our 2 year old twins love…


What is your favorite toy? And from your children?
Soft toys are their absolute favourite they can do anything with them, take them on any journey, pretend they are anyone and have incredible adventures.

When you were a child what did you play and with what toys? What was your favorite one?
I loved the care bears, so soft toys again, but had most of my fun in the garden, with two older brothers playing in the woods.

What kind of crafts/DIY projects do you like to do with your kids?
We like painting and making things from any materials.

Your children prefer playing or watching tv? What they see in television influences how they play?
My children like both, but would prefer to play most of the time, but like you to join in. They are influenced by characters.


What is your children’s favorite book? And yours (from his collection)?
They like Charlie & Lola, I do too and Mr Men.

Please ask your kid “If you could choose to be a storybook character what would you be”? Why?
Lola, she has lots of fun and adventures.

Do you know how does your children play at school?
My children play together and protect each other, so different with twins.

Your kids prefer playing indoors or outdoors?
They like the garden lots, but have as much fun inside, they love their trampoline and summer house.


Does your kids like to create their own activities / games / characters?
Yes this is their favourite role play and pretending, which I love to watch.

Sounds and music are important in your child playing?
They love music, always wanting it on and singing along.

Thank’s so much Claire – it was a pleasure to know a little bit about your lovely family! Happy to see they like PinkNounou softies ;)
Claire is the founder of the wonderful Fab Little Shop


I would really like to know how your kids play? What’s their favorite toy, the one they cuddle at night? 
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