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skiing with kids

Taking Mason skiing for the first time!   My family ski and I have skied for many years, I'm no pro but I can get down the mountain confidently. My husband has grown up skiing from a young age, he is a confident and stylish skier and this year he insisted on yellow trousers but that's another story!!     So a family of skiiers we knew we wanted to introduce Mason from a young age. He's just turned four, with no fear and low centre of gravity he is sturdy and stable and we felt ready to be taken on a skiing holiday. We visited Montgenèvre, France with my parents and stayed in a self catering apartment.   Luckily...

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2019 Play Predictions

So thinking forward to the year ahead, I've made some predictions about play in 2019... 1. Less single use plastic- as many of us are keen to have a positive impact on our planet for future generations, we are going to be more conscious when choosing to use plastic in play, particularly single use. Wooden and metal resources as fanastic alternatives and not always the expensive option2. Outdoor play- hand in hand with less plastic means children exploring nature and the outdoors. Introducing nature to children at a young age can encourage curiosity and appreciation for the world around them.3. Play dates- it can be a lonely business being a parent or carer at home with young ones all day....

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New Years Play Resolutions

January 1, 2017  |  Claire Russell Anyone else wake up this morning wanting to write their first blog post?! Nope? Just me then! I've been wanting to do it for some time and even spent the Christmas holidays reading 'Mum Blogging for Dummies'! No joke! So what better time to start than on the first day of a new year. Hmmm, so what do I write about? What do I know about? What do I want to share with everyone? Well as a full time Mum, I could share parenting tips and advice however I certainly don't think I'm in the position to do so. I'm totally making it all up as I go along and hoping for the best! Plus...

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The Naptime 'To Do' List

January 17, 2017  |  Claire Russell As a teacher, due to the workload you are entitled to half a day every week for non-contact time. That's time away from the classroom to plan, prepare and assess. This time was always so valuable as a teacher because the more you got done in this time, the less you had to do at home. Well sort of. That was always the plan however, a teachers workload is never done. There is always more to do and you know deep down you will never get to the bottom of the 'To do' list. I used to love this PPA time. I would always plan what I was going to do and how I was...

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Lost in Play

I've always believed that play is a universal language for children. We often hear educators proclaiming the importance of children playing (me included!) and it is true. There are so so many benefits to child development through the art of play BUT its only a worthwhile cause if the child is engaged in QUALITY play.   Quality play is when a child is engaged, engrossed and following their interests. This means they are able to completely lose themselves in their imagination and ignore any distractions around them. However, children need to be taught how to play, how to use their toys and how to use their surroundings.   For example, if you set up a shop for your child to play with, would they...

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