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Play is fun; but its hard work too!

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Creating your own home learning environment

They may not get paid for it, but children's play is their work. It's a full-time occupation... and it's important. The early years are the time when a child's brain is developing, making connections and creating the network of skills that they need for the rest of their lives.

Salt dough play

Make salt dough

Decide what city, fortress, play space or fantasy land you will create
Play with your child making the various models needed 
Bake them when completed 
Paint them and display them on a large board or tray 
Add people, plants, paper or fabric to bring your scene to life

Mummy, Daddy and Me

When your child has mastered using a wide range of tools, such as scissors, pencils and cutlery, they will want to to practice these regularly to develop the muscles in their wrists and hands.

Providing play-doh, jigsaws, sewing kits and craft activities will be both enjoyable and useful in supporting your child's physical development- aiding their handwriting skills later in their school life!

Respond block Building block for development

"From the moment I was born I needed you! I couldn't do much but everything I did, the sounds and movements I made were for you. I was asking you to respond to me so that I could live."

Play 'Simon Says' game with me. 
You say and do: Simon says (action) 'touch your nose' 
I copy and do the action. 'I touch my nose' 

Name what I am doing as I do it so I can learn language too. 

Teacher and children Play = 'All I need for learning'

We need adults who show genuine interest, offer encouragement, clarify ideas and ask open questions as they play with children, in order to support and extend children's thinking and help them to make connections in learning.

Make and do

Make sock puppets with your children!

Find out how to make funny and enjoyable sock puppets »

Get active

By getting your children out and about, you'll probably find they sleep better and are more easygoing. By giving them the chance to exercise, you'll be helping their muscle development and general fitness. It also starts habits that will help them grow into fit, healthy adults. 

Make a small obstacle course in your garden this month! 
Use crates, planks, hoola-hoops, benches and mats and put together an obstacle course that will challenge your children! 
Taking risks and learning from them is an inevitable and important part of growing up. We parents should encourage this in our children!

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