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Just Play - Spring into action! I learn with my whole body.

Child playing in the kitchen

Creating your own home learning environment

Play is a process that is freely chosen, personally directed and intrinsically motivated. That is, children and young people determine and control the content and intent of their play, by following their own instincts, ideas and interests, in their own way for their own reasons.

Natural material play

Gather a variety of safe objects from your garage, kitchen, bedrooms and garden


  • tubes
  • pipes
  • guttering
  • wool
  • fabric
  • bangles
  • shower curtain hooks
  • bowls
  • wooden spoons
  • reels
  • beads
  • hangers etc.

Place in a big space in your home and allow your children to create whatever they choose with these items. Talk with them about what they have made, observe it, take pictures of their creations and create a story log together!

Mummy, daddy and me

Most two year olds have developed a strong sense of sounds and can readily distinguish one sound from another. Your two year old will delight in music and simple musical instruments. They will love joining in with signing and rhymes.

If you don't have any instruments, you can make these very easily by filling empty containers and bottles with different objects, such as pasta, rice, beads etc to make shakers.

Building blocks for development

Relax "My brain grows better when you relax with me!'

Make a small den with your child somewhere in your home. Find a puppet or a favourite stuffed animal and tell a story to your child inside a 'hide away den'. You could re-create a known story or make one up yourself.
Keep this den up for a while so the child can bring his/her own activities into the space.

Children in the garden Play = All I need for learning

Rough and tumble play is vital for development.

  • Children learn best when they are active, moving and using their senses - it helps them to remember and recall.
  • When we are using both sides of the brain, physical and thinking; optimal learning occurs.

Blanket tent Make and do

Make a blanket fort with your child!

Find out how to make a blanket fort »   Have Fun!

Get active

Children love using their bodies to crawl, walk, run, jump and climb. The more opportunities you give them to burn off energy, the happier they'll be.

Visit a National Park this month with your children
The National Park website has lists of events such as guided walks and children's fun days, for fresh ideas for active days out.

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Article utilities:  Bookmark and Share Print Print this page Last updated: 28 Feb 2014 at 00:01