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Play with Purpose: Possum Play's Partnership with The Smith Family

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We created Possum Play to give little minds a place to let their imaginations run wild. We grew up with our head in the clouds, always dreaming up our next adventure.

But for 1.2 million Aussie kids, this isn’t the case. In fact, one in six Australian children are living in poverty, where even the basics are hard to come by at home.

So, we wanted to do something about it. That’s why we’re proud to share that Possum Play has partnered with a charity very close to our heart, The Smith Family. And here’s why.

Why we’re passionate about helping Aussie kids in need

Imagine growing up without books or toys to bring your big ideas to life. For too many Aussie kids, a childhood without learning tools and resources is all they know.

For families navigating financial disadvantage, paying for new school books, uniforms and toys to inspire imaginative play is beyond their budget. And we know how important these resources are to developing foundation skills and creating the building blocks for success at school.

As parents, aunties and god mothers to little ones, we believe every kid deserves a happy, carefree and fun-filled childhood, and we’re saddened to learn that not everyone gets an equal start in life.

Here’s what really hit home for us:

  • Disadvantages kids are on average 2 to 3 years behind in reading and maths by the time they’re 15 years old.

  • The reading gap between the lowest socio-economic status (SES) students and the highest SES student equates to almost three years of schooling.

Low SES students have significantly lower Year 12 completion rates (60%) compared to students from high SES backgrounds (90%).

One in six Australian children are living in poverty

This last point is a significant one, as the stats show that finishing Year 12 has a big impact on our likelihood of going to university and getting into the workforce.

So, what happens if a student doesn’t graduate high school? This can lead to:

  • Poor health outcomes
  • Increased chance of unemployment
  • Lower wage growth

For those growing up in disadvantage, the impacts are felt well beyond childhood, too. The cycle of disadvantage means a kid's school life is negatively impacted, leading to poor education and ultimately employment outcomes. And then, the cycle repeats itself for the next generation.

But we know we can break this cycle of poverty. And education is key to creating brighter futures for Aussie kids.

Australian children all deserve the right to play

How The Smith Family helps change children’s lives

Supporting kids’ education is exactly what The Smith Family are committed to do. They’re a national, independent children’s charity with one goal: to help disadvantaged Aussie kids get the most out of their education so they can create better futures for themselves.

The Smith Family offers a stack of powerful learning programs and invests in education of disadvantaged kids to deliver long-term positive impacts for them, their families and generations to come.

And early intervention is key to improving outcomes for kids during school and into adulthood, too. The Smith Family do this through their Learning For Life program, which starts before they even head to the classroom and continues all the way to after they’ve graduated from high school.

From building key learning skills to creating a network of positive mentors (from parents to peers) as well as offering emotional and financial support to kids, their programs are helping to change lives and shatter the cycle of disadvantage.

And this is having a meaningful impact on the future of kids across the country. To date, The Smith Family has helped more than 209,128 disadvantaged Aussie kids and their families.

For families navigating financial disadvantage, paying for new school books, uniforms and toys to inspire imaginative play is beyond their budget.

What you can do to support The Smith Family

And that’s where you come in.

We’re proud to be supporting The Smith Family who, like us, believe every kid deserves a chance. That’s why we’re donating a portion of our profits from every Possum Play Couch sold to help The Smith Family do their incredible, life-changing work.

Every purchase you make helps kids across the country get the most out of their education, feel engaged in the classroom and create a better future for themselves and their families over the generations to come.

 

Find out more about The Smith Family and support the work they do by shopping with Possum Play. We all have the power to give every Aussie kid a brighter future.

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Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler, School-Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Easy to Clean
Fun for ALL the kids

We recently bought this couch as a Christmas gift for our soon to he crawler thinking it would be a toy that would last her for a long while. Lil miss has two older brother, ages nine and six who have used the play couch every day without fail since it arrived! So deffs a toy to last the ages!

Quality is great, the material is lovely and soft to touch and spot cleans really well when baby spills over it 👌👌

Super stoked with this purchase:)

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler, Pre-School Aged, School-Aged, Adult
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Absolute game changer!

We absolutely LOVE our possum play couches, with 4 little kids we decided to get two! They are used every single day by everyone and are so much fun, so versatile and we are loving watching the kids be so creative! Definitely a game changer, no more couch pillows and blankets being dragged around the house! Love them very much, such good value & exceptional quality!! Highly recommended!!!

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Winner!

We purchased this for our 1 year old granddaughter. She has been having a lot of fun. Also, Dad & Mum find it very comfortable too 😃 Very good quality, delivered as promised and great customer service!

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler, School-Aged, Adult
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Possum play couch

This couch has been well worth it. Not only is it a massive hit for the kids to watch tv on or make cubbies but I also sneak away and chill out on it. We also use it for sleepovers in the lounge. The staff were unreal to deal with. I'm so happy with our play couch!

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler, Adult
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
So happy!!

I bought a possum play couch for my grandchild. She is only eight months old but she plays on it. So comfy for Nanna to sit on it to play with her. She naps on it(baby). I’m getting another one for the holiday house for the teenagers to sleep on. Love it!

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler, Pre-School Aged, School-Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play
Great imaginative play for kids

Excellent quality and great colours to pick from. Very robust and can also use as a spare mattress for sleepovers. We chose the iceberg colour, very nice.

Age of User(s): School-Aged, Teen
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Easy to Clean, Great Customer Service
BEST present for the kids!

With three boys that love to wrestle and jump on the couch, I can say this is one of the best things we have given our kids. Now they can jump in their own couch. They LOVE it!

Age of User(s): Pre-School Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality
Possum play couch

Awesome, my grandkids love it and so do I.
It’s a couch it’s a bed it’s a truck it’s a boat it’s a house and it’s comfy to read a story.

Age of User(s): Pre-School Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality
Loads of fun for kids

I bought this as a gift for my 3yo nephew and he absolutely loves it. He and my 8yo stepson spent hours over the Christmas holidays building houses and forts to play in. It has a permanent home under the bunk bed and serves as a quiet, comfortable retreat and an excellent spare bed option. I chose the sunshine yellow, which is a gorgeous tone and very true to the colour as shown on the website. The fabric itself is gorgeous and the zips seem heavy duty and durable. It is such a versatile piece and I have no doubt my nephew will get years of play and fun out of it.

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Loved it!

I loved it so much I bought another one for my other grandson! Its going to get a lot of use of the next, many years. Great for crawling, climbing on instead of dad, hide and seek, and later on forts, cubbys and friend sleep overs!

Age of User(s): School-Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner
Kids haven’t stopped playing with it

Kids have been non stop playing with it . One of our best Xmas purchases

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler, School-Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Possum play

Absolutely fabulous so much fun. Kids love it and so do us parents.

Age of User(s): Pre-School Aged, School-Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It
Perfect Christmas Gift

My 7 yr and 3 yr old absolutely loved this gift .

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, High Quality, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
So many ways to play

Such a big hit for my toddler Christmas morning and every day since. Great for getting energy out when we can't get outside. Customer service was fantastic.

Age of User(s): School-Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Possum Play Beige Xmas Gift

We purchased a Couch just before Xmas. Unfortunately due to the terrible storms the original one we ordered was damaged and the wait was going to head past Xmas. Luckily and wonderfully the team was able to offer us a new colour with an added bonus of circles at no extra cost.

The product itself is wonderful. Our Son has ASD and ADHD, this product is an excellent item for him and he has already spent hours in it, building chocolate shops, forts, a bed for resting and we have only had it 2 days ! Wonderful for the imagination.

Highly recommend. The product itself is excellent quality. I want one too!

Age of User(s): School-Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Worth every cent

My son absolutely loves his couch, he has played with it every day since he got it.
It is great for tumbling, climbing, building and lounging. The family sofa is now safe from my very active 6yr old haha Thank you 😊

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler, Pre-School Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, High Quality, Great for Adults Too
Loads of fun and good quality

My children love their play couch. They let their imaginations run wild building all sorts of things and it’s great because now they aren’t ruining my couch 😆
It also doubles as a fantastic photo back drop 👍🏼

Age of User(s): School-Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Indoor Energy Burner, High Quality
Amazing Quality

Kids love the play couch! So versatile and amazing quality. Comes vacuum packed in a box and expands quickly.

Age of User(s): Pre-School Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great Customer Service
Best fun you can have at home!

Our couch was being deconstructed on a daily basis to make castles, coffee shops, forts, and possum houses. Now they have their own building blocks ( Possum Play Couch) to create their next abode with.
This gives them hours of fun on rainy or oppressively hot days, and I can reclaim the couch. That being said, these also form a very comfy couch so I have also taken to creating something comfy out of it for myself to lounge on when they are in bed out.

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Love it!

Our boy loves his possum play couch. We've only had it for a couple of weeks now, but he spends hours on it every day and it brings lots of laughs and fun! It's a great fixture in our home and can see it lasting us for many years to come!

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Loving your possum play couch

Brilliant play couch - it’s soft, easy to clean and lovely looking couch. Our baby girl is 13mo and she loves to sit on it or lie down, tbh I use it a lot too haha

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler, Pre-School Aged
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean
Possum play couch

Great fun for my grandkids. It’s already been a pirate ship , a shop and a sleepover bed. Looks great and so far easy to clean.

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service

The Possum Play Couch

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service

Bought for my Grandson he just loves climbing all over and making a cubby..great investment

Age of User(s): Baby or Toddler, Pre-School Aged, School-Aged, Teen, Adult
Favourite Features: Kids Love It, Inspires Imaginative Play, Indoor Energy Burner, Great for Quiet Time , High Quality, Easy to Clean, Great for Adults Too , Great Customer Service
Perfect!

Loved it. My son loves it.
I've had friends asking me where to get it and they cannot wait for theirs.
Its not just for kids but for us adults.
Don't need to worry about the kids pulling apart the couch anymore. They can build so many things from a rockstar stage, race car, tent and many more!