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A STEAM-Powered Playdate With Mama Of 4 Naomi Phan-Quang

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Photography by Naomi Phan-Quang

You know those moms who are so good you just sort of shake your head in wonder? These are the vibes we get from Bay Area-based mother of four Naomi Phan-Quang. The photographer and multi-talented creative behind CLOVE + WHOLE (whom you might just follow on Instagram) comes from a long line of educators and boasts a teaching degree herself. Her studies in developmental psychology and classroom management have come in especially handy while juggling the distance-learning demands of her four kiddos—Mateo, 11, Luke, 9, Abel, 7, and Cole, 5.

You might recall we first caught up with Naomi back in May, when she showed us how homeschooling was going for her in the early days of the pandemic. Now, many months later, with one child starting kindergarten and another transitioning to middle school, we caught up with her again—and more in depth—as she invited us over to her newly revamped studio for a very fun play date filled with enriching goodies by Fat Brain Toys.

With the holidays on the horizon, take a peek at some of Naomi and her family’s favorite screen-free, STEAM-centric toy selections—from DIY robots and desk lamps to musical instruments and a nose drawing game (yes, you read that right). All the while, read up on Naomi’s unique and uplifting take on motherhood, learning, family time, play, and more!

This article is brought to you by Mother x Fat Brain Toys.

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