I’m Lauren, a wife, mummy and former Deputy Headteacher. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to be at home with my two children since my son was born three years ago. It is this experience that has led me to create Busy Brains Activity Packs, which launched at the end of 2019.
After returning to work after my first maternity leave, I began to realise just how difficult juggling being a mummy and a full-time teacher was going to be. I adored my work but felt that my dedication to the job meant I wasn't giving my daughter enough attention. Knowing how important the early years are for children’s development, the decision was actually made easier for us when my second child was born with severe hearing loss.
At the time, we were unsure whether the hearing loss would affect his development and were warned that he might not be able to develop spoken language at all. We started learning sign language straight away, but I was determined that I would use my knowledge and skills to help him as much as I could. So, with a mixture of sadness and excitement, I decided to take some time away from the classroom and threw myself into life as a stay-at-home-mum.
And what fun we have had! Still thinking very much like a teacher, I planned for every minute, soon getting into a routine of baby classes, playdates and activities at home. Being at home all the time had its own challenges, but the benefit to my children soon became apparent. As my son started to talk, his vocabulary grew and grew, and we soon realised that he was coping just fine with his hearing loss. In fact, both of the children were making huge progress.
At weekends, when my husband was home from work, he would offer to do something with the children so I could have a few child-free minutes. He is an amazing daddy and loves to play with the children but would be the first to admit that he sometimes struggles to think of things to do with them. I’d want to help him with ideas, but in doing so, often forfeited my child-free moments!
As my maternity leave was coming to an end, I began to realise just how much I missed teaching and helping others, yet going back to teaching wasn’t right for my family. So instead, Busy Brains Activity Packs was born. I spent the next two years researching and writing to ensure every activity was something that really deserves to be in the set. My aim has always been to help parents, like my husband, who have the best of intentions for their children and want to help, support and nurture them but don’t necessarily know where to start. Although, I'm pleased that so many teachers have also bought the packs and said how helpful it has been to have a collection of age-appropriate ideas on hand.
I wanted to make the activities as accessible to as many people as possible. I tried to include ideas that don't require families to buy expensive new toys (although I have occasionally used a few things that I think most families would have - for example, building blocks and cars). I've tried to offer home-made alternatives where I can.
I also wanted to make sure there was a range of different types of play in every pack (creative, physical, musical, literacy, numeracy, social and scientific) to ensure that all areas of the brain were stimulated. I was conscious of the fact that some parents have time to prepare activities in advance, whilst others want something that they can pick up and do on the go - so I tried to include a mix of both.
I really hope you enjoy the packs. Please feel free to leave a review on this site or email me at with any feedback you have. Thank you.