Open-ended play

A child enjoying open-ended play with blocks

Open-ended play is brilliant. It encourages experimentation and perseverance and keeps your children busy for hours, buying you the time to have five minutes’ rest and a nice cup of tea. In this guide we’ll look at how you can get more of it in your life. What is open-ended play? As a child, do you …

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Three good things

Four children at Corfe Castle

We visited Corfe Castle in Dorset at the weekend,  My eldest three children are all currently enjoying The Famous Five books and the castle was apparently Enid Blyton’s inspiration for Kirrin Island, scene of many of The Five’s adventures. It was an easy choice for a day trip. The drive was over three hours long …

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Imaginative play

A girl engrossed in imaginative play

Imaginative play – any game that begins with ‘let’s pretend’, dressing-up and make-believe – is a powerful way for children to learn that our thoughts and feelings may be different from someone else’s, helping them to develop a sense of empathy and emotional intelligence. Here’s our at-a-glance guide to imaginative play for the under-fives: Contents: …

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