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The playHOORAY! Gift Guide

September 19, 2018  |  Claire Russell Whether you're buying for your own children or for someone else, it's always tricky when it comes to birthdays, Christmas or special events when buying gifts.   We all know, more often than not, the children already have a houseful of toys and you just don't want to add to that pile. Also, toys are expensive! I only learnt this once I had a child of my own. Toys can cost a lot of money, and if they offer little opportunities for play then they can be a huge waste of money. And that's without talking about how ugly they can be sat in your once so beautifully decorated lounge!!   The thing is,...

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To Buy or Not To Buy a Tuff Spot?

October 8, 2018  |  Claire Russell Since starting playHOORAY! I have been singing the praises of the Tuff Spot and it's potential for play. Previously a hidden gem in Early Years Settings, the Tuff Spot is becoming more popular in homes with babies and young children! Of course, I am not claiming to be solely responsible for this change however I do receive messages on a regular basis, thanking me for introducing them to the wonderful world of Tuff Spots.    However, purchasing a Tuff Spot is a big decision. I know, it is. But hopefully here I can help you to decide because yes the Tuff Spot is a wonderful resource with lots of play potential, but there are...

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You're Never Too Old To Play!

October 30, 2018  |  Rachel One of the hardest and saddest things is when the play seems to stop. Some of it’s the kids. Some of it’s us. We’ve spent a lot of time being very needed and reaching a point of being less so is both liberating and a bit heartbreaking.    But I’m here to tell you that play with older ones is so vital and here’s how to do it!    For our older children there are a number of new experiences and opportunities for them that arise every day. If we don’t give them the opportunity to rehearse these they can feel anxious or feel a sense of failure if they do something and not be...

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