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Sonshine – Playful Business

Since starting Print Play Learn I have come across some amazing businesses. Sonshine is a magazine all about Raising Boys for an Equal World. When Kirstie agreed to be a playful business I was so pleased to hear more about the story behind Sonshine and how it started.  Tell me about you: I’m Kirstie, and I’m …read more Read More
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10 Playful Ways to Develop Handwriting without Worksheets

10 Playful Ways to Develop Handwriting without Worksheets   We all want our children to have beautiful handwriting, but did you know there are other skills our kids need before they can master letter formation? Keep reading to discover 10 playful ways to develop your child’s handwriting by focusing on fine & gross motor skills …read more Read More

How to Raise Confident Readers

How to Raise Confident Readers    Hearing your child sound out those first words from a book is an exciting moment. But maintaining your child’s sense of wonder at reading can be tricky! Here are 10 ways to nurture their confidence and keep them interested in reading as they grow:     Read aloud, lots  Help your kids foster …read more Read More

How to Teach Coding without Tech 

How to Teach Coding without Tech    With most kids’ screen time at an all-time high, a lot of parents are looking for fun ways to help their children learn (and keep them occupied for half an hour!) without a computer or tablet… If that sounds like you, keep reading and discover how to help your …read more Read More

What is unschooling?

What is unschooling? With schools under more pressure than ever and many families nervous about whether school is the safest place to be, it’s no surprise so many of you were eager to learn more about different styles of at-home learning! I find it fascinating to find out more about too! Today I thought I’d …read more Read More

10 Ways to Learn & Have Fun in ‘Bad’ Weather’

10 Ways to Learn & Have Fun in ‘Bad’ Weather’   While lockdown life means we can’t go far, our kids still thrive on time outdoors. Whether you’re wanting to find ways to encourage them out in the garden or to make your 400th park walk more engaging, here are 10 ways to learn & …read more Read More

How to Get Your Child in the Mood to Learn at Home

How to Get Your Child in the Mood to Learn at Home As parents across the country face the prospect of Zoom-schooling again, I thought it would be worth putting together some ideas on how we can get our children in the mood to learn and make the ‘no school’ experience easier on us all… …read more Read More

How to Turn Your Child’s Interests into Learning Opportunities

How to Turn Your Child’s Interests into Learning Opportunities We all know kids learn best when they’re having fun! But if you’re new to supporting your child’s education, it can be hard to know where to start to create learning opportunities which don’t zap the fun out of their interest. Here’s a look at the …read more Read More

Playful Family Pumpkin Mum

 Welcome to a series about ‘Playful Families’. There are hundreds of families incorporating play at home and I wanted to share some of my favourites with you. I have been following Beth for a longtime now. She has always shared such great ideas for play activities at home. This post was written last year and …read more Read More

Pockets of Play – Guest Post by Wendy Duncan

Pockets of Play I was recently interviewed for the Home Education Hub. During my interview, I came up with the phrase ‘Pockets of Play’ to describe setting up small areas of easily accessible play around the house. Setting Up Setting up pockets of play around the home helps to mix up the play experience. I’m …read more Read More

How to Homeschool without Workbooks (or Zoom)

How to Homeschool without Workbooks (or Zoom)   After the madness of this year, and most of the world’s parenting population having to try some form of homeschooling, it’s no surprise that more parents are now deciding on home education by choice. Whether you’ve decided to take the leap or you’re curious why anyone would, …read more Read More

What is Steiner / Waldorf Style Learning?

What is Steiner / Waldorf Style Learning?   At Print Play Learn, I love exploring different styles of learning and seeing how we can adapt various educational philosophies to help kids thrive. Steiner (or Waldorf / Waldorf Steiner) has to be one of my favourites. Suitable for children of all ages and abilities, it’s main …read more Read More

10 Steps to Toyless Play the Montessori Way

10 Steps to Toyless Play the Montessori Way   We all want to help our children make the most of childhood, learn, play, and thrive while having fun, but feeling confident in how we actually do it can be tricky… Thankfully, the Montessori approach to play and learning is a lovely example of how it …read more Read More

What is a Play Schema and How Can it Help my Child Learn?

Have you ever heard the term ‘schema’ and wondered what exactly it is? Today I’m going to share more about what play schemas are and how they can help you to help your child learn most effectively – and have fun while they’re at it!   What is a schema?  Schemas are described as patterns …read more Read More

How to Encourage Your Child’s Independent Play 

How to Encourage Your Child’s Independent Play    It’s the parenting dream… your child playing happily on their own, lost in a world of imagination, while you’re able to get on with other things or take the chance to have a cup of tea that’s actually hot! Apart from being great for us parents, independent play …read more Read More

8 Fun Ways to Get Your Child Engaged with Numeracy

8 Fun Ways to Get Your Child Engaged with Numeracy  Getting your child excited about maths can start early on, by making numbers fun! Here are 8 activities to help you easily encourage your little learners to engage with numeracy: 1. Sensory number making If you thought helping your children learn their numbers meant having …read more Read More

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