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The A-Z of Popular Schooling Approaches

The A-Z of Popular Schooling Approaches

Have you put any thought into what type of school you’re going to send you children to? Let’s take a look at at the three main school structures that are on offer today: Montessori: Montessori approach follows that of Maria Montessori’s teaching, which she developed in the early 1900’s. It has a strong emphasis on independence and uniqueness and believes in servicing the whole child - on emotional, physical and cognitive levels. The approach maintains that children are whole beings that have an innate desire to learn, so it centres around child led learning, where a teacher’s job is to...


Best Playdough Recipe and Fun Activities

Best Playdough Recipe and Fun Activities

The benefits of play dough are endless, and this versatile magic maker can please the littlest to biggest members of the family. From the time your children are able to play with it, why not include them in the making process too? It’s quick, easy, fun and relatively mess free! Here is our favourite dough recipe:        2 cups water        2 cups flour        ½ cup salt        2 tablespoons oil        2 tablespoons cream of tartar        Food colouring Boil water and salt. Remove from heat....


The Seven Wonders of Play Dough

The Seven Wonders of Play Dough

Have you ever been able to resist playing with playdough while your child does? It is one of the most popular play props for children and grownups - and with good reason! This cheap, easy and fun dough offers so many benefits, all homes should have a good stock of it in their cupboards. The Seven Wonders of Play dough   1. Sensory Benefits Play dough is a great sensory medium that little ones love to squish, pound squash and manipulate. For children with sensory processing issues, play dough can be a great transition item and a fantastic way of...


Eat, Sleep, Play

Phil McInnes

Tags Educational Toys, Importance of Play, Learning through Play

Eat, Sleep, Play

These days there is so much pressure to excel academically, it's easy to understand why parents and teachers fall prey to adopting formal learning methods for children and even babies, but is this ultimately causing more harm than good? Developmental and child psychologists seem to think so.Play is a child's natural state, and it is an integral part of their social, physical and cognitive development. When children play with others, they are figuring out the subtle intricacies of social dynamics, and how to express and manage their emotions. This helps develop emotional maturity and sets up children for positive interactions...


The Puzzle of Childhood Development

Phil McInnes

Tags Children's puzzles, Educational Toys, Learning through Play

The Puzzle of Childhood Development

With all of their developmental attributes, it’s no wonder puzzles remain a popular choice for parents and teachers! The benefits of puzzles extend to well beyond the preschool years, setting up the foundation for reading, arithmetic and problem solving.   Physically, puzzles assist in hand eye coordination and encourage fine motor dexterity as the child holds and rotates pieces into place. Entry level puzzles, such as those with knobs, are also fantastic for developing a pincer grip, which will aid in pencil holding and writing later on.   Emotionally, puzzles provide a stimulating and engaging challenge for children, who respond...