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10 Ways to Pick Home Decor that Encourages Play 

10 Ways to Pick Home Decor that Encourages Play    Ever wondered how you can make your home more playful while still ensuring it’s a space that grown-ups can enjoy too? The right home decor could be just the thing!     Here are 10 ways to pick the accessories for your home which will nurture …read more Read More

What is the Scandinavian Educational Approach?

What is the Scandinavian Educational Approach? Scandinavia, an area that covers Denmark, Norway, Sweden (and sometimes Finland and Iceland depending on who you ask) is known for its playful educational approach, distinct from the standardised mainstream approach taken in the UK.  While each country has a different education system, with no specific model used across …read more Read More

10 Household Items Great for Learning Through Play 

Do you want to encourage more play at home without buying any more toys? Then the good news is you’ve probably got some excellent play prompts sitting around your house ready to go! Here are 10 household items great for learning through play:    Cardboard tube  The opportunities are endless with a simple cardboard tube! …read more Read More

Why You Don’t Need a Playroom to Help Nurture Kids Play 

The playroom is a much-coveted house dream for a lot of parents. Understandably so, even if for nothing more than to shut away the toy mess at the end of the day! However, you really don’t need a playroom to help nurture your kids’ play. Here’s why:  Children can imagine anywhere  Wouldn’t it be lovely if we …read more Read More

15 Everyday Activities Kids Can Learn From 

Everyday Activities Children Can Learn From  If you’re eager to boost home-learning but seriously want to avoid boring worksheets, this list of everyday activities is for you. There’s so much children can learn from simply doing life with us!    Washing up Give your child age-appropriate items to wash or dry up or get them to help you stack …read more Read More

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