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Stages of Early Writing

Learning how to write is certainly not an easy task, especially for our young children yet we still expect so much from such a young age! Lets think about the skills involved when a child attempts to write; Firstly they have the physical task of not only holding the pencil but manipulating it to do what they want with control and precision.  The the child thinks what they want to write, they need to remember what they want to write and then use their knowledge of phonics to identify the individual sounds, remember how they are represented by letters and attempt to form them on the paper! Phew!  So because it is such a huge task with many skills which...

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Children's Mental Health

For the most part, our kids are resilient little souls but just like us they have good and bad days just like us, they worry and just like us, they may need a little boost sometimes! Now I don't claim to be an expert when it comes to children’s mental health but I’ve compiled a list of those resources which I’ve found useful at home and in my experience as a teacher. Number one on my list is fresh air! I'm a big believer in getting outdoors no matter the weather and we often underestimate the power of a simple walk but it really can work wonders! And it’s not just the fresh air which benefits us but the act...

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Making Weekends Feel Special During Lockdown

Remember when Friday nights were a big deal and a good chance to breathe a sigh of relief? You can slow the pace, pjs until noon and thank goodness no school run! phew! However, I don't know about you but since lockdown struck the weekdays are rolling into the weekends. So that got me thinking, how could I make the weekends feel a little bit more special? And as always when I need some suggestions I knew to ask our wonderful Facebook Community who are the BEST at sharing ideas! Below is a collection of their suggestions for making your weekends extra special in lockdown! Click the picture to download the ideas list and pin it to your fridge next...

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Free Downloads

Surely one of these will get the kids playing?! Click on your chosen image to download, print out and PLAY!! OOOh! And remember to tag @play.hooray and @playprompts in your play pictures so that we can see what you're getting up to! Happy Playing! Claire x  

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dad outside the lines x playHOORAY! poster

I am so excited to share my recent collaboration with brilliant Billy Thomas from @dadoutsidethelines Do check out Billy's Instagram account here, he's a creative genius, makes the best whitty cards and posters for kids to colour in and I've been a fan for years! Check out his awesome work on this website here. Click the image below to get your copy of our 'Stay at home Play at home' poster for your little ones to get creative, colour in and proudly display in their windows! Remember to tag @dadoutsidethelines and @play.hooray in your poster photos for us to share on social media! Happy Playing! Claire and Billy 

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