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Rich play can be had with items that cost no money.

Lady and baby

Creating your own home learning environment

Having time and space to play gives children the opportunity to meet and socialise with their friends, keeps them physically active, and gives the freedom to choose what they want to do.

Making a collage'

  • Collect old cards, magazines, catalogues and printed images available for cutting up.
  • Provide a large piece of paper, glue, scissors, markers. Encourage the children to create a large poster with pictures they have selected and designs they choose.

Mummy, daddy and me

By 2½, children's vision and understanding is sufficient for them to recognise familiar people and places in photographs. They can identify even small details in picture books.

Share family photographs with your child, talking about the people and places you can see.
Have fun playing games such as "Where's Mummy?".

Building block for development

Cuddle "My brain grows better when you cuddle with me!"

Rhyming games. Play 'Round and Round the garden' with your baby or toddler. Encourage your child to do it back to you.

Repeat this as many times as your child is interested in doing it.

Play = 'All I need for learning'

The cost of toys is not what is important. It is being with playmates - other children or adults; that makes the play important and meaningful to children.

Make and do Model boat

Get active

Physical activity is a part of the way children discover the world and themselves. It helps to build strong muscles and healthy bones, as well as to improve self-confidence.

Walk or cycle to and from school with the kids as often as possible. Read about the health benefits of cycling »
Play has also frequently been described as 'what children and young people do when they are not being told what to do by adults'.

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