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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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Preparing for Starting School in September

Probably one of the biggest milestones of being a parent is when our baby starts school! It’s kind of a big deal, for you and for your child! And perhaps you, like me, are currently going through all of the motions leading up to the big day. You’ve applied for your child’s place, you’ve secured a school and now you are wondering nervously how you can help prepare them for this massive  next step! I am very conscious that this can be an anxious time for parents (and children) and I definitely don’t want to panic anybody, so what I will say first and foremost is don’t worry (easier said than done I know). Schools are very good at helping...

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Everyday Adventures : National Play Day

To celebrate National Play Day 2020, here is a blog full of activity ideas, books, resources, small businesses and even a freebie download to celebrate this years theme Everyday Adventures

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Pick Your Play- FREE printable

This fun printable has been made for you to print and enjoy at home! Encourage your kids to take ownership of their play and choose what they would like to do! Simply download and print this fun 'Pick Your Play' page, and stick it somewhere the children can reach. They will love tearing off the little tickets and deciding what to do. I cannot wait to see what you get up to, please tag @play.hooray in your play pictures for me to share on social media! And remember to send this onto your friends, who might always be looking for a helping hand when it comes to entertaining the kids! Happy Playing! Claire x

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Play for All Ages!

With the thought of schools possibly closing (or for many schools already closed) the idea of having the kids at home all day to entertain can fill us with dread! Especially if you are also trying to hold down a job or care for younger siblings too. A difficult task indeed. Therefore, I have created lots of free downloads for you to print and use at home catering for lots of ages of children. I am guessing if schools do close they will be providing school work/ homework to keep children learning. However, we all know they won't want to do that all day everyday so play is a great way to break up the day but continue to support...

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