Play – it’s not just for littlies! When we think of play, we tend to think of younger children: usually eight or under, playing games of hide and seek and tag, having fun with dolls and cars, going on imaginary adventures, pretending to be pirates or unicorns. It’s true that younger children love these kinds of games. However, play is important for older children, too! In fact, play is important for children – and adults – of all ages. Play is widely recognised as being vital to children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development. Schools understand this need, especially in … Read More
Winter is here, and that means one thing: a three-month snot fest. I’m sorry to be gross, but it’s true. Every school drop-off and pick-up is fraught with danger. Tiny noses ooze everywhere. Hundreds of tiny hands that have wiped said tiny oozing noses come perilously close to touching me and my daughter. I just want to slather myself and everyone else within a 50m radius of me with hand sanitiser. Thankfully, winter is nearly over. And I know that colds, flu and nits are an unfortunate way of life when there’s a kid in the household. Did you know, … Read More
When you think back to your childhood, what stands out? Some of my best kid-life memories are of playing outdoors. Climbing the big tree in our front yard and keeping watch over the street. Riding my bike and teaching my younger brother to ride his. Finding lizards, snails and caterpillars in the garden, and making them a new habitat in an empty ice-cream box (although I’m sure they were pretty happy in their existing habitat!). And spending hour after blissful hour jumping and somersaulting on my big trampoline. Yes, I sustained injuries during my outdoor adventures – plenty! And sure, … Read More
Outside play isn’t just for when the weather is fine. Children need to be encouraged to play and be active outdoors all through the year. Not only is playing in the cooler months necessary to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, social skills, learning and keen imagination, outside play in Winter can be the most fun play of all! Kids love the wet weather! It’s magical to play in the rain. There is no need to restrict children to inside play in Winter, just rug them up in their coats, hats and gloves and get outside! The rain makes the colours … Read More
Now that we are well and truly back into the school year and daily grind, it’s easy for parental guilt to sink in.We’re so busy with work, life and endless to-do lists, we’re exhausted, and playing with our kids is not always our top priority. And it shouldn’t always be,
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