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18
Sep
2019

Playing with your child when you don’t want to play

“MUM! Let’s play chasey.” “MUM! Jump on the trampoline with me!” “MUM! If you don’t play hide and seek, you can never have coffee again.” “MUM! I’ll pretend I’m a cat, and you pretend you’re mum.” Sometimes, I just don’t want to play. Scratch that, about 98% of the time, I don’t want to play! Every day, usually multiple times, my six-year-old daughter demands I play some kind of (often baffling) game with her, and all I want to do is stamp my feet and cry, “I DON’T WANT TO!” Apart from the fact this is not exactly setting a … Read More

18
Sep
2019

by Gail Carroll
Categories: Children's Imaginations, Outdoor Fun

05
Sep
2019

The Importance Of Play For Older Children.

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

05
Sep
2019

by Gail Carroll
Categories: Children's Imaginations, Cubby Houses, My Cubby, Outdoor Fun

30
Jul
2019

Your backyard is the perfect place to get your kids moving!

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

30
Jul
2019

by Gail Carroll
Categories: Children's Imaginations, My Cubby, Outdoor Fun

29
Aug
2018

Need time and space? So do your kids!

Ah, space. I love it. I can’t get enough of it. I’m an introvert, so people who know me understand just how important my space is to me. Especially the neighbours, who regularly hear my hollers of “I JUST NEED SOME SPACE!!!!!!!” when my daughter has perched herself on my shoulders, spilt her smoothie all over me or refused to detach herself from my leg while I’m trying to do (insert any kind of activity you can think of here) one too many times. It seems kids have no concept of time or space. But did you know these two … Read More

29
Aug
2018

by Gail Carroll
Categories: Children's Imaginations, Cubby House Health Benefits, Outdoor Fun

03
Jul
2018

Playing it safe: Have we gone too far?

We have a huge flame tree in the middle of our backyard. It is the perfect climbing tree. My five-year-old daughter often perches herself up there, pretending she’s a monkey or looking at the birds through her pink binoculars. Visitors freak out when they see her in the tree. They are terrified she will fall. I, too, sometimes worry about her falling – but I have never vocalised this worry to her, and she has never fallen. But every time someone exclaims, “Oh my goodness, be careful!”, her confidence nosedives. Suddenly, she needs help climbing out of the tree and … Read More

03
Jul
2018

by Gail Carroll
Categories: Children's Imaginations, Outdoor Fun

It’s the small things kids love most

11
MAR
2020
by. Gail Carroll
Categories. Children's Imaginations,My Cubby,Outdoor Fun

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,

11
MAR
2020
by. Gail Carroll
Categories. Children's Imaginations,My Cubby,Outdoor Fun
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