Let’s Play Ideas

Here is another good piece from the Government website Let’s Play Ireland  https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/lets-play-ireland/

Published: 24 April 2020
From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Here are some ideas for play that cost very little:

  • take out frustration by squashing pillows or stamping cardboard boxes until they are flat
  • draw pictures on card and cut them into jigsaw puzzles
  • set up pretend shops, schools, kitchens, banks, post offices, beauty salons, hospitals and cafes
  • collect and sort things to play with in water, supervising young children
  • make dens, shelters and cubby holes
  • play at dressing up, put on shows, make up soap operas and dramas
  • reuse old/dead plant pots to make a small indoor garden, planting seeds and watching them grow
  • invent new board games

There are lots of things around most people’s homes that can be played with. Although you might think play means games and toys, children can play with lots of things that encourage their imagination and ingenuity. For example, things like cardboard boxes or old sheets can be played with in different ways.

Here are some ideas of things you can find around the house for your child to play with:

  • sheets, duvets, pillows, old clothes
  • chairs, tables, cardboard boxes
  • pots, pans, wooden spoons
  • papers, chalk, balloons, paint
  • string, elastic bands, pegs, paper clips
  • tins and cans from the cupboard

You can also offer your child some of the things that are often thrown away or recycled.

Here’s a link to the First 5 parents page for ideas on play and learning for younger children.

Here’s a link to the NCN Play Hub on Facebook for daily ideas on play and activities.

You might want to record this time in your family using the COVID-19 Time Capsule.

Here are great resources from our friends in Play Scotland:

Messy Play Book 1

Messy Play Book 1

Messy Play Book 2

Messy Play Book 2

Loose Parts

Loose Parts

Experimental Play

Experimental Play

 

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This week provides an opportunity to focus attention on the wellbeing, social and emotional development of our babies and young children. It highlights the importance of early relationships and a relationship based approach to interventions with infants and families. As our understanding of IMH and its evidence base develops, so also does our knowledge of how to apply this knowledge and an ‘IMH lens’ to interactions with infants, parents and caregivers in health and social services. 

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The National Healthy Childhood Programme has embedded IMH as the foundation of the development of its resources and in the approach of the delivery of the universal child health service. This embedding of key messages can be seen in the My Child suite of books (www.mychild.ie/books) and also on www.MyChild.ie  where key messages around bonding and relationship building have been embedded for the parent/caregiver.

 

In clinical practice the topic of IMH has been included for the first time in the National Standardised Child Health Record. To build on this, the National Healthy Childhood Programme have just completed a suite of three eLearning units which are now available on HSEland for healthcare practitioners / caregivers who are working with children and families.  

 

Throughout the week you will see videos and key IMH messaging being promoted on the HSE MyChild social media pages ( Facebook / Instagram ). Keep an eye out in the National Newspapers for articles from our experts also. (IrishTimes article)  

 

In addition The National Healthy Childhood Programme have developed a series of ten practical videos with HSE expert advice which are now available on YouTube and on the relevant pages on the www.mychild.ie website.

These videos (2-3 minutes each) are aimed at parents/guardians of children (0 – 3 years).

These new video resources are available here while lots more expert advice for every step of pregnancy, baby and toddler health can also be found at www.mychild.ie

There are a suite of posters available focusing on the promotion of IMH messaging to order from healthy.childhood@hse.ie

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