play Archives - Print Play Learn

8 Beautiful, Open-Ended Toys to Boost Learning 

8 Beautiful, Open-Ended Toys to Boost Learning    Children don’t need beautiful surroundings to have fun, but making your family home a place that brings you joy is important too. And if you find your kids toys attractive and inspiring, there’s more of a chance you’ll want to get involved!     Here are 8 beautiful toys which …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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phonics Play Pack

I’m so excited, the Phonics Play Pack is now available and ready to be purchased. There are 40 different games to play and they can easily be adapted to suit the needs of your class or an individual child. I’ve popped a few tips and challenges alongside some of the games to give a few …read more Read More

Creating a Construction Invitation to Play Using a Tuff Spot

I’m used to creating tuff spot set ups for children in Reception and Year 1, so I needed to think how I could do this to support my son who is a toddler. I’ve realised it’s not that different for a younger child, as it’s down to how the child interprets the activity. It needed to …read more Read More

Halloween Messy Play

A quick simple way to make messy play with only a couple of ingredients. Read More

Create Your Own Moon Sand

This is a great no cook recipe. It’s perfect to make with a toddler, which is what I did. Making the moon sand was part of the play. This is super learning as it can extend their understanding of measuring. Moon sand is a brilliant resource to also use in school into a tuff spot or …read more Read More