A Recipe for Perfect Imaginative Play

Perfect Imaginative Play

Take some learners… add a dash of play, a splash more of play and then add a big dollop of, guess what?… play. What have you got? Happy, well-adjusted children!

What is Socio-dramatic Play?

Early Years practitioners understand the importance of play and are used to developing a balance between adult-led and child-initiated activities. Play allows children to learn about life and practise life skills in a safe environment; they can learn about life and all its intricacies through creative, imaginative role play.

It allows children to develop their social and emotional capabilities whilst learning about themselves, others and the connections between their actions and the consequences.


Times are changing! Reinforce Telling the Time Outdoors

Times are changing - Time Panels

Look… No Hands!

Time is so important to every one of us… we all get the same amount of time every day, but how we use and manage our time can change the dynamics of our day. Understanding time and having good time keeping can reduce stress levels, improve work-life balance and be an essential skill in the modern world of work.

So if telling the time is such an important, everyday skill, why are our children finding it harder and harder to tell the time, especially in an analogue format?

Is it because we live in a world where time is increasingly represented in a digital format, where children do not have to think about the meaning of time? Is it because our children’s chances to see and practise telling the time with a clock with moving hands is decreasing year upon year?


Fun Activities for Fabulous Finger Dexterity

Mud Kitchen - Messy Play

Creativity Counts!

Concerns have been raised regarding the decline in children’s finger dexterity and experts are worried that young people are losing their ability to skillfully complete practical hands-on tasks with competence.

The BBC have highlighted this as an urgent issue with their article ‘Surgery students losing dexterity to stitch patients‘ on 30th October by S. Coughlan.

Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, has stated that:

“Creativity is not just for artists. Subjects like design and technology, music, art and drama are vitally important for children to develop imagination and resourcefulness, resilience, problem-solving, team-working and technical skills.”


A is for Active Playgrounds

A is for Active! Getting Children More Mobile

Getting Children More Mobile

It is frightening to read that The World Health Organisation ranks childhood obesity as one of the most serious global public health challenges of the 21st century! According to the Children’s Food Trust in February 2018, “on average across the UK, almost one-quarter of children are overweight or obese by the time they start school.

Obese children are at greater risk of conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and of heart disease and stroke as they get older. Obesity in childhood can contribute to behavioural and emotional difficulties like depression and reduce educational attainment. Obese children are more likely to need medical care and days off school as a result of illness.”


5 Reasons to Promote Risk Taking in your Play Space

Promoting Risk Taking in the Playground

Children need to take risks in order to learn how to deal with the challenges and risks that form part of their everyday lives. If we overprotect our children, then how will they learn to manage the risks that surround them, both independently and safely?

Children need to be able to self-assess risk to succeed in their young and adult lives. They need to learn to overcome fears of failure, to rebound confidently and learn from their mistakes. They need to know how to respond appropriately in a world full of risks as well as to be able to compete competitively in a world of risk-takers.

What place could be better or more fun to help children to develop this skill, than in a park, a nursery or in a school playground?