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Continue the Play After The Baby Club

If you haven't seen it yet, The Baby Club is a new TV programme available on Cbeebies and BBC iplayer to interact and stimulate young babies. Having said that, Mason is four now and he was gripped watching it too! I think one of the main reasons I adore this new show is because it shows parents and carers how household items can provide lots of entertainment at home, which you know is something close to my heart and the reason why I developed playPROMPTS activity cards. And because they're household items, you can have them ready before the shows starts so you can join in at home. If you follow the presenters or The Baby Club on social media,...

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How To Dye Rice: The Experiment

I love to use dyed rice in sensory boxes. Natural rice is just as lovely, but bright, colourful rice can make an activity look really inviting and irrestible to touch. For many years I have used a food colouring paste to dye the rice as it's so quick and easy but recently I have noticed more and more people using poster paint so I decided to put this to the test. I dyed three lots of rice using the same method. I used poster paint from Hobbycraft, Sugarflair food colouring paste and a supermarket liquid food colouring. The results were really interesting and certainly not what I was expecting! Click the picture below to see what happened.... Happy playing! Claire...

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What is PLAY POTENTIAL?

'Play Potential' is a phrase I use a lot but you may be left wondering what on earth I'm on about...don't worry you're certainly not the only one!! Play Potential is a phrase I use to describe the opportunities for play a toy or resource offers. So to put it simply, how many different ways it can be used in play. For a toy, it might be that it has more than one purpose or function. How many times have you bought a toy for a young child that actually offers very little entertainment with only one or very few varieties for play? Trust me, I've been bought many and they are often the expensive ones with bright lights and...

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