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  • Making the Most of Risky Play

    Making the Most of Risky Play

    I recently observed a group of children engaged in sustained play for an extended period of time (several hours) with only a hill and three gym mats.  The play (completely child-initiated) involved placing the gym mats length-wise down a hill...

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    How To Develop Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence

    Many studies have found that when you build your emotional resilience, you have a reduced risk for many illnesses and improve your life satisfaction. Teaching our children emotional literacy from a young age helps them master  these skills by adulthood. Read our blog and learn strategies on how you can achieve it.
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  • How to Enhance Your Block Play Area

    How to Enhance Your Block Play Area

    Block play is one of the most important areas of focus when we do a centre fit-out for toddlers and preschool areas. It supports learning across all strands of Te Whāriki for example:  Mathematics:  Children learn about gravity, stability, balance,...

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  • Create Your Own Heuristic Play Basket

    Create Your Own Heuristic Play Basket

    It’s a given that young children are naturally curious about the world they live in. They’ll look, touch, taste, drop, pick up and explore whatever you put in their path. So, how can we create a learning environment that encourages...

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  • How to Plan for Children’s Play Urges

    How to Plan for Children’s Play Urges

    During my experience as an early childhood teacher and parent, I have often been fascinated by the way children play.  During my observations, I have noticed different stages of play as well as universal “themes” or patterns to the way...

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    Cloud Dough Messy Play Activity

    Messy Play is fun, relaxing, and allows rhythmic movements of the whole body – great for relieving tension and frustration. Messy Play allows children to express their feelings in a creative way. There is no right or wrong way, we...

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