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Category: Play Time

With four children under the age of six, I am always looking for opportunities to entertain the kids. Sure there are plenty of toys like Lego, trains and dolls, which are all great fun and of course have a place. But what I find lasts the longest and promotes cooperative play are those basic play opportunities, such as rolling down hills, finding snails or playing with boxes. Many of these activities are easy to organise or already naturally out there, just waiting to be experienced.

Following are a few of my children’s favourites -

Ponding; After considering buying the net, I ended up making three ponding nets out of left over tulle and wire coat hangers. Ponding can be done anywhere where there is a catchment of water. What you find can vary depending on the water source. continue reading…

If you are an Early Childhood Educator and you work in a Child Care Centre then I am sure you are already planning for the Dramatic Play/Dress-up area in your weekly programming.

If you are a private home child care provider or a parent, this type of play is very important to all areas of child development but especially social and emotional.

Here is a 5-day Dramatic Play idea for all E.C.E.’s and Home Child Care Providers. continue reading…

Learning toys are becoming more popular with parents these days, as parents realise that education isn’t just something for school hours. There are a number of reasons why learning toys are an investment that provide value to your child. In this article we look at why you should invest in buying learning toys for your child.

Early learning before school

As your child grows emotionally and mentally, you will need to do all that you can to support this process. When children start school, they should already be able to perform basic skills such as being able to wash their own hands, go to the toilet alone and they should be able to count. Most parents realise that learning is not just something that should happen at school, it’s a daily process that should be encouraged and supported with the use of learning toys. continue reading…

Children’s play is not a waste of time.

It’s a complex and growing activity and can be a tremendous conduit for learning and development.

When I say children’s play I am referring to the play of children between the ages of birth through around 8 years of age.

There has been much discussion and debate about the importance of children playing but one thing we see for sure, children that don’t play enough as youngsters, will play as adults and not take on the responsibilities they should have been prepared for by being allowed to play as a child. continue reading…

Your child’s time at home, both before they go to school, and while they are already going to school are some of the best opportunities you have to nurture and teach them. Turn simple activities into building blocks for learning. Children can learn a lot when they’re comfortable and happy, and the home environment is perfect for that!

Turn History Into Stories

Get your child ready for higher learning by taking some history lessons and use them as stories. You can tell your child stories while you’re doing another activity, use them as bed time stories, or set up plays where you re-enact the tale. When you child gets to class, they’re bound to have better grades because they know the story already. Just don’t fuss over dates too much while at home. continue reading…