How play helps child development
How play helps child development
Children’s play is like ‘fireworks’ for the brain. It helps child development physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally, as our video explains.
Risk in play: how it helps child development
Risk in play: how it helps child development
Risk in play lets children test their limits and learn new skills, as experts explain in this video. This is why risky play is good for child development.
Stepping back from your child’s play: why it’s good
Stepping back from your child’s play: why it’s good
In this video, see why and how stepping back from children’s play can be good. If your child wants you to play, just follow your child’s lead.
Asking questions that spark play and imagination
Asking questions that spark play and imagination
This video shows you how to ask open-ended questions in play. These questions get children imagining and thinking about new ways to do things.
Sparking play ideas in children’s minds
Sparking play ideas in children’s minds
Is your child ever unsure of what to do next when he’s playing? Simple things like looking at pictures or going outside can sometimes spark new play ideas.
Play materials to spark children’s imagination and exploration
Play materials to spark children’s imagination and exploration
Simple play materials can spark children’s imagination, as this video explains. Try materials like cardboard boxes and natural materials from outside.
Boredom: how it helps children’s play and development
Boredom: how it helps children’s play and development
Boredom is great for play and child development. This video explains how children have to use problem-solving and creative thinking when they’re bored.
Outdoor play: easy ideas
Outdoor play: easy ideas
This video has easy ideas for outdoor play. Try physical activities like balancing on walls or creative ones like making craft from natural materials.
Playing outside in all types of weather
Playing outside in all types of weather
Playing outside in all weather teaches children about how their environment feels and how their body responds. This video explains.
Nature walk: play ideas for children
Nature walk: play ideas for children
Why not head outside for a nature walk? You and your child can collect things like leaves and sticks, then use them for craft, pretend play and more.
Puppet play: how it helps child development
Puppet play: how it helps child development
Did you know puppet play can help child development? This video explains that children can use puppets to explore feelings, identity and relationships.
Making simple puppets
Making simple puppets
Puppet-making can be as easy as drawing a face on your fingertips or putting your hand in a sock, as our video explains.
Low-cost play ideas
Low-cost play ideas
Children’s play doesn’t have to cost a lot if you use open-ended objects and simple materials to encourage thinking and imagining. See how in this video.
Playing with balls: ideas for children
Playing with balls: ideas for children
Balls are good for physical play, but balls can spark imagination too. Your child could even turn ping-pong balls into monster eyes! Get tips in our video.
How messy play helps child development
How messy play helps child development
Messy play has many benefits for child development, as our expert explains in this video. It can build fine motor skills and spark ideas for pretend play.
Messy play: tips for parents
Messy play: tips for parents
Messy play is fun for kids, but mess can mean stress for you. It’s easier if you use old clothes as smocks and limit materials. Get more tips in our video.
Treasure boxes: play ideas for children
Treasure boxes: play ideas for children
Treasure boxes or baskets are filled with everyday items and natural materials. This video shows you how to make a treasure box for your child.
Playing with sound: how it helps child development
Playing with sound: how it helps child development
This video takes you through different ways children can play with sound, like listening, making sounds and playing with different melodies and rhythms.
Sound hunt: play ideas for children
Sound hunt: play ideas for children
We’re going on a sound hunt! This video explains that a sound hunt gets children listening for different sounds, like chirps, barks, squeaks and more.
Free time to play: why it’s important for children
Free time to play: why it’s important for children
When children have time and space for play, imaginations soar. Just adding cardboard boxes to a space can inspire pretend play. Our video has more tips.