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Tag Archives: "learning through play"

1 Jul, 2020

How do babies learn?

How do babies learn? Here is a piece from the Growing Child newsletter distributed by Lifestart which gives us some insight into that. Exercises in Learning Around her first birthday, what kinds of things is Baby now doing on her own? If you watch her carefully, you will notice she is likely to try to […]

30 Jun, 2020

The importance of play

Here is another good piece from The Growing Child newsletter distributed by Lifestart The Importance of Play It is generally through play that a preschool child learns about the world around her and then assimilates what she has learned into her concept of reality. Preschool children enjoy three different forms of play: physical, manipulative, and […]

19 Jun, 2020

Now’s a good time to teach your kids how to play on their own

With parents trying to work from home, prepare meals and deal with other children it is important that our children are able to play independently. Here are some tips on how you can help your child develop the skills to do just that. If you wish you can download the original article here https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/03/parenting/kids-independent-play-coronavirus-quarantine.html Now’s […]

11 May, 2020

Making the most of family time

Families are probably spending more time together during this pandemic than we ever have before. How do we make the best of that time together and build positive memories for ourselves and for our children? Chloe McGinty who is a Family Support Worker with Springboard Family Support Project offers some ideas in the booklet ‘Parenting […]

1 May, 2020

Let’s Play Links and Resources

Published: 24 April 2020 From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs Here’s a list of some great organisations that have really useful information and resources on their websites. The Ark At home arts activities and other creative resources for children. ark.ie Barnardos Helping transform children’s lives through their services; support parents; and challenge society where […]

29 Apr, 2020

Let’s Play – Ideas for Families

Let’s Play – Ideas for Families Published: 24 April 2020 From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs While there are lots of ideas around for different age groups, here are some ideas that the whole family can enjoy together: have a movie night, choose a movie together and add some popcorn play a game of chess, […]

29 Apr, 2020

The right to play

We might think that play is “just play” but as we can see here in this piece from Let’s Play Ireland https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/why-play/ so much is going on in play! Children are exploring who they are, what they can do and what the world around them is like when they play. Play is so important that […]

29 Apr, 2020

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 […]

7 Apr, 2020

Lots of ideas on play

Here is a great website full of ideas on play with children as well as information on why play is so important for learning and well being. https://www.playscotland.org/parents-families/ You can also find and download the ‘Experimental Play’ book which is full of ideas for exciting projects here https://www.playscotland.org/wp-content/uploads/Experimental-Play-1.pdf

2 Oct, 2019

Fifty Key Messages: Baby see, Baby do

Playing with your infant Parents of children aged birth to 3 years: Put some time aside to play with your child.  Your child will move from ‘exploring objects’ to imitating you, to pretending to be you (Baby See, Baby do – this is role modelling).  This is a great step forward in your child’s development […]