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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
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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

10 Educational Ways to Play Outdoors 

10 Educational Ways to Play Outdoors    If there’s one thing that makes learning from home easier, it’s getting outdoors in the sunshine! Hooray for summer and the promise (fingers crossed) of warmer days made for being outside. If you’re eager to make playing outdoors educational, here are 10 fun activities worth a try:    Let …read more Read More

Playful Business Maiden Moose

Welcome to a series about ‘Playful Businesses’ . Since starting Print Play Learn I have come across some amazing businesses which bring joy to both children and adults. This week Domenique from Maiden Moose is sharing her story and her beautiful illustrations. (The following was written before the lockdown)  Tell me about you! Hi, my …read more Read More

Why is play enough? Guest Post by Susie Robbins

As we are coming up to half term time again I think whatever happens after it we should take comfort that play is enough for children and Susie Robbins explains more on why this is important. Less worry, more play. Play is Enough and here are the reasons why. During the pandemic, I have strived …read more Read More

Playful Business Little Wise Toys

Welcome to a series about ‘Playful Businesses’ businesses which can give play ideas and activities to do with children. Since starting Print Play Learn I have come across some amazing businesses making playful, joyful items to support children. Little Wise Toys is a brilliant business. I found it when I won a competition which included …read more Read More

7 Fun Ways to Get Your Child Excited about Literacy 

7 Fun Ways to Get Your Child Excited about Literacy Eager to get your child more confident with reading? If we want our kids to grow up excited about reading, it’s so important we help make literacy fun! Here are 7 simple, fun ways to get them engaged with letters, sounds and reading:  Use words in …read more Read More

10 Learning Invitations to Set-up Before Breakfast

10 Learning Invitations to Set-up Before Breakfast Another day, another challenge to find fun things for the children to do! If you’re looking for simple invitations to learn which don’t involve too much energy on your part, we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 easy learning invitations you can set-up before breakfast: Read and match …read more Read More

12 Quick Alternative Ways to use LEGO at home

Like most people, we are finding many more hours spent at home. A favourite in our house is LEGO and this is such an amazing resource for play and learning. So at Print Play Learn, I wanted to create some alternative ways to play with it. For younger children use larger bricks such as DUPLO …read more Read More

Playful Family Susie from Resolve to Play

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 Susie from Resolve to Play for a while now, she is also a big supporter of Print Play Learn. Susie creates easy everyday activities …read more Read More

12 Fun, Easy Ways to Help Your Kids Learn at Home

Whether it’s the looming Easter holidays or that virus (of which I won’t speak…) many parents are looking for ways to keep the kids entertained AND help them learn, and the good news is – it doesn’t have to be hard. Here are Print Play Learn’s top stress-free ways to help educate your children while …read more Read More

10 Simple Activities to Engage their Senses this Spring

10 Simple Activities to Engage their Senses this Spring   Hurray! Spring is coming. Which means soon we can finally stop bundling up in quite so many layers and get outdoors without huffing at the effort it takes… Plus, we get to watch our children marvel at the wonders of a new season, Spring brings …read more Read More

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