mini Majer has always been an advocate for local Brisbane businesses and we were beyond excited to get the chance to catch up with Brisbane-born business, Flying Sprout.
Bianca Chopra is a teacher by trade, a busy Brisbane mum of 3-year-old, Jai and the creative mind behind Flying Sprout-- travel-friendly educational kits for kids on the move!
Flying Sprout was inspired by a Chopra family trip to Europe when Jai was 18 months old. Bianca wanted educational screen-free entertainment for the 20-hour flight. Today, her products have been gaining international exposure with shipments to Singapore, Spain, the US, and Indonesia!
What is the day in the life of Bianca like lately?
It’s always different, but Jai and I always start the day with some exercise. We go for a walk every morning. He’ll play with his lego and we’ll do different activities like music lessons or go to a playgroup to make new friends for the both of us. Everywhere we go together, we both enjoy so that makes the day fun for us.
If I’m lucky, Jai will nap in the afternoon and I can work on Flying Sprout or tutor.
What do you find most rewarding in running your own business from home?
Being a part of Jai’s life and getting in the best quality time. I get to watch him explore and learn something new every day, and of course, the cuddles!
I’ve always wanted to be a mum and it’s awesome!
What are your and Jai’s favourite activities?
Jungle walks. We started going to the hills and the rain forests around Mount Tamborine. It’s great exercise and Jai will walk 2 and a half km. We love it and it really engages him.
We’re also so lucky to live right next to the theme parks around Brisbane. We have annual passes and they’re great value and a good reward for Jai.
Do you have a favourite teaching moment?
I just love seeing the capabilities of children. If you give them the chance and the right support, they can do almost anything. I think we assume that children can’t do something because it might be too difficult so we don’t give them the opportunity to try.
I used to teach grade 5 and 6 and we do this assignment where the kids would design their own breakfast cereals and do the marketing for it themselves. I did this same activity with primary students and I was so inspired by how well they did with it! It’s moments like those that make me love what I do.
What do you think is essential in maintaining a balanced work-life relationship?
I’m really lucky because I get to work around my schedule with Jai. I do what I have time for and have learned a lot about running a business. I do everything myself from building and maintaining the website, the social media, and creating new on-the-go activities. I still have lots to learn but it’s very exciting.
Do you have a soundtrack to your life at the moment?
I like having music on around the house, and I should really do it more often. It changes the atmosphere of anything you’re doing. Jai and I lately have been listening to the soundtrack of Dirty Dancing and we both have a dance.
Where would you like to see Flying Sprout in the next couple years?
I would like to have regular orders and have people love it. I would love to go to a cafe and see someone whip it out of their Flying Sprout kit for their little one. The community around Flying Sprout has been great and very supportive.
Do you have any advice for new business owners?
Don’t expect success overnight, but enjoy the process.
What about advice for new mums?
Trust your gut. If you feel like you should do something your way, do it. Trust what you feel because you know your child the best.
Be sure to follow Bianca and Flying Sprout on Instagram @flyingsprout
We did a little science experiment today with a few spare tea bags that were lying around. I had this cheeky guy predict what colour the tea might be before observing the reaction to the tea bag once water was added. He also had a teeny tiny sip of each. We're thinking of heading to the World Science Festival while it's on in Brisbane. Have you been? Do you have any great, simple experiments to do with a preschooler? I'd love to do more science experiments at home!