Skill: Emotional and Social

Playing Together videos

Welcome to our new Playing Together video series of fun, play-based learning ideas to do with your child. A few minutes playing together each day builds your child’s brain! Tissue Box Play You will need Basket or tray Objects and toys Tissue box What to do Gather your box and objects Explore the objects and …

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Fun with Sounds

Making and listening to sounds is a great way to tune little ears into different noises.  It’s never too early to play sound games.   Your baby, toddler or 5 year old can all have fun.  Playing with sounds will get your kids ready for reading and writing at school.  All you need is a box, some pots and pans and a silly voice!  …

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Talk, Read and Play, Everyday

Talking, reading and playing from birth helps to build connections in your child’s brain.  It also helps your child to learn new words. It might feel strange at first, especially if they are a baby. But all these moments add up to make a big difference! You don’t need fancy equipment. Your child’s best toy …

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What kind of face is this?

Children learn by copying what they see. In this activity your child can show what they feel and see what that looks like. It will help them learn about feelings and how to express them. They can also learn  to recognise feelings in others, which can help them to get along with other people.  What …

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Tubs of sensory fun

The possibilities are endless with sensory tubs. It can be as simple as play or it can be used as a writing prompt! It all depends on what your child enjoys and their age and development. This type of play helps build nerve connections in the brain and strengthens the hands and fingers.  What do …

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Slow, strong stretching

There is such a sense of calm when you move your body slowly and with purpose. This activity introduces yoga-like movements, using slow deliberate actions and creating a sense of peace. You and your child can work together to help keep their body and brain healthy.  What do I need? A space on the floor …

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I want to be a farmer!

There are all kinds of farmers and all kinds of farms. What sort of farmer would your child like to be? They can imagine their own farm and make up their own farm stories. This type of play can help children to regulate their emotions as they act out different feelings. What do I need? …

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Our family portrait

Exploring the idea of family is important for children as they get to know a sense of place. It doesn’t matter what your family composition is like; providing children with a chance to talk about where they belong can be a valuable activity for them. They can start to learn new words and the concept …

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Kids in the kitchen: play dough

Kids love play dough! It’s fun to make and fun to play with. When they follow the recipe with you, they will learn about following instructions and using numbers. Playing with play dough supports the development of physical skills (especially hand and finger muscles). It also builds imagination and creativity, and can be a calming …

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It’s pouring fun in our house!

Children of all ages love water games – and water can be very relaxing. This activity lets your child play with water as they develop their hand–eye coordination, and learn some maths and science concepts. As children pour, they have to think about how fast to pour, how long to pour, and when to stop. …

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