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Play - Not a luxury, a necessity! 'Don't rush me, I need time to play and learn'

Playing children

Creating your own home learning environment

Children deepen their understanding as they recreate experiences or communicate their thinking in many different ways; in role-play or small world play, pictures, movements, models, and talk.

Gather a variety of logs, sticks, pine cones, stones, plants and flowers, wooden planks etc and create a bug hotel. 

Sit back and watch the bugs come and stay! 

Perhaps you can give your children a magnifying glass, a camera, paper and pens etc so they can explore what they find and record what they see!

Mummy, daddy and me

Four year olds are very open to possibilities and have an enthusiasm for using ideas and materials in lots of different ways. 
For example, a saucepan can be a spaceman's helmet.

Support your child's growing creativity and imagination by providing simple props for their pretend play. A box of hats and bags can provide hours of fun and enjoyment, and you will be helping your child express their own individual ideas and thoughts as they pretend to be someone or something else.

Building block for development

Respond cube "My brain is very active, but it still can't work on it's own. I need my brain to be linked to the brain of an adult. I need you to respond to me so that I can learn to manage my own responses? 

Play 'Ready Steady Go' games each day with your child, whenever you can. Allow your child to lead the next action. (e.g. Ready, Steady, Splash the water! Ready, Steady, jump on the bed!)

Play = 'All I need for learning

Children playing

A child learns through play - in all ways; a truth adults do not always understand. 

'Young children learn best by playing and following their own curiosities, by solving real problems, such as how to balance a stack of blocks, or how to negotiate a zipper, put together a picture puzzle and most of all, by making mistakes and trying again.'

David Elkind, 'The Hurried Child'

Make and do

Make a book with your child.

A silly, funny or interesting personalised book all about what your child is interested in.

Find out more ideas on how to make a free book. It will be a fabulous way to talk and share stories together! 

Get active

Be active together

Why not bond with the kids by doing some physical activity together? It's important that you set a good example - you are your child's most important role model - and the activity will always improve your own health as well!

  • Go for walks or play active games
  • Play a game of ball together
  • Join an exercise class together
  • Play physical games with family and friends (tag, Frisbee, catch, hide and seek)
  • Plan a nightly jog or walk
  • Go golfing as a family
  • Play a game of one-on-one basketball or soccer with family

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