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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
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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

Playful Business My Busy Bots

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. Busy Bots is a brilliant business which again, I have bought from in the past. I was …read more Read More

Playful Business Ink and Tot

Welcome to a new series about ‘Playful Businesses’. Since starting Print Play Learn I have come across some amazing businesses making playful, joyful items to support children. Ink and Tot is a brilliant playful business. I discovered Ink and Tot after seeing some kids clothes she had designed – they were awesome by the way. …read more Read More

Playful Business – Little Writing Company

Welcome to a new series about ‘Playful Businesses’. Since starting Print Play Learn I have come across some amazing businesses making playful, joyful items to support children. I have been following Jo on the Little Writing Company for a while now on Instagram. I was going to purchase one of her lovely books but before …read more Read More

3 Ways to support the learning of phonics – a guide for parents

Are you looking for simple ways to support the learning of phonics? This post is for you. This is a great place to start if you’re a parent and unsure how to support your child. Chances are you’re already doing many of these things. 1. Listen For children to learn about phonics they need to …read more Read More

4 Fun Ways To Use a Mud Kitchen

So you want some quick ways to jazz up your mud kitchen, then this post is for you ! Mud kitchens are very popular now, especially as many companies are making them for homes as well as schools. You don’t need to buy an expensive mud kitchen, all you need is a little outdoor space, …read more Read More

Spring Topics Days 2019 for UK Schools

Below is listed some useful Spring Topic Days. February Friday 1st February is Number Day 2019, click here to take you to the NSPCC website to register your school for resources and ideas. Throughout February I will be joining in Our Sensory Kids #oursensorywinter , check it out on my Instagram. Chinese New Year is celebrated on …read more Read More

4 Fantastic Alphabet Books for the Home

So this week I had a look at the Alphabet Books I use at home to support my 1 and 4 year old this is only part 1, yes I have a lot! I didn’t keep to three, there are four but really there are so many alphabet books which are amazing and I’ll do …read more Read More

A Quick Simple Valentine Playdough Recipe – a simple recipe guide

With Valentine’s Day in just over a month I thought it would be a good idea to share a valentine playdough activity.  A quick simple playdough recipe to use in the classroom or even make it at home. In the recipe I’ve used the no cook method which is super easy. I find when I …read more Read More

What is Kamishibai? All Explained By The Sidlaw Hare

I’m very excited to introduce the first guest post on the blog. I met Wendy Duncan through the Indie Roller group. She is so enthusiastic about kamishibai, the magical art of Japanese story telling. What is Kamishibai? Have a read below to find out more. The Sidlaw Hare Hi, I’m Wendy and I make kamishibai.  …read more Read More

20 Easy Ideas for Halloween Play at Home

Halloween is a great time of year to have lots of fun with play and learning. I thought I would share a few ideas to support planning for October. Pumpkin Painting I loved doing this with my son. Before cutting out the pumpkin face, we decorated it with paint – it makes a change from …read more Read More

Harriet + Violet is now Print Play Learn

Harriet + Violet is now Print Play Learn. The website is still the same it’s just the name that has changed. I created H+V back in 2013 to share free printable teaching resources online. When teaching, time is so tight so I wanted to help teachers like myself have instant access to printable resources. I …read more Read More

A Parents Guide: What is Phonics?

Education is filled with jargon that, as a parent and sometimes as a teacher, can be confusing and hard to understand. When it comes to children learning how to read, phonics is a term you will hear a lot. But what is phonics and how is it used in the classroom? In this post I’ll …read more Read More

A Quick Ocean Play Dough Recipe and Invitation to Play

I created this ocean play dough scene using one of the invitations to play from my Play Dough Play Pack. First I used the coloured play dough recipe to create a light blue play dough. What you need: 1 cup of flour 1/2 cup of salt 1 cup of water 2 tbsp of oil 2 …read more Read More

Setting up a Year 1 Classroom – quick printable resources guide

I just thought I’d write a quick list of all the things you may use in a Year 1 classroom to start you off. You could have themes for different areas or just one theme running in your classroom, there are so many different ways to do it. I have linked to some of my …read more Read More

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