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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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Easy Activities for Poorly Parents

Oh there's nothing worse than feeling under the weather when you have little ones at home to entertain with little or no childcare. It's tough. On these days you do what you can to get through the day and it might mean sacrificing those baby groups or not doing your daily visit to the park. Let yourself rest so your body can recover, don't beat yourself up about it. Just do what you can to meet your child's needs and look after yourself. If you are looking for some ways to entertain the little ones then here are 10 easy ideas you can set up to entertain the kids which require minimal energy so you can rest! 1. scavenger hunt...

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Learning Through Music

Guest blog post by Lauren Elliott Did you know that your child’s hearing is their most developed sense at the time of birth? And that they are able to hear from around the 16th week of your pregnancy? Your child’s ears are filled with music and the sound of the voices they love the most, long before they are even born. We can embrace this in our play, from birth and right through childhood! My name is Lauren Elliott, and I am the cofounder of Elegie School of Music in Solihull. I have a 2-year-old son and a 6-month-ld daughter. I am passionate about ensuring that the lives of children are filled with music - I provide lots of ideas...

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the playHOORAY! easy, no cook, never fails play dough recipe!!

here's my recipe for play dough! I created it when Mason was tiny and have used it ever since. It's the simplest play dough recipe I have ever done and thank goodness it doesn't need to be cooked!! It smells gorgeous and really moisturising for little hands. I have designed it to be as easy as possible, hence all measurements in cups! Please note: this recipe contains coconut oil so please check for allergies and due to the high salt content it is NOT safe for children to eat! You will need: 1 cup of plain flour (additional 1/2 cup for consistency) 1/4 cup of salt 10g cream of tartar 1 tablespoon of coconut oil 1/2 cup of boiled water...

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Guest Blog Post: Sit Still and Listen!

Guest blog post by Vicky Robinson, Children's Occupational Therapist How many times have we said this to our kids?!  Did you know that children NEED to move their bodies in order to stay focused and learn? And this goes for all children actually, whether they’re 2 or 12…movement is so important at all ages. As an adult, have you ever had to sit through a lecture or a long film, and find yourself swinging or tapping your foot, chewing your pen, biting your lip, fiddling with your hair, shifting position in your chair every few minutes or doodling on some paper? Even as adults, we find it so difficult to sit still and concentrate, so you can imagine what it...

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