Kid's playing nicely

Non-Competative Games

Today, we are learning that it can benefit children to play games that encourage a cooperative spirit, rather than a win/lose scenario…

Kid's playing in the rain

Rainy Weather Games

Rainy weather can put a damper on a number of activities. This article suggests indoor activities to help beat the rainy day blues…

Boy with brightly coloured balloons

5 Games To Play With a Balloon

Here are five easy ways of using the humble balloon to develop those muscles and co-ordination and have some fun at the same time…

Children's building bricks

5 Best Toys

Traditional options such as building bricks, dolls, etc are still the best children’s toys and here’s why…

Angry rabbit

The Most Hated Toys

Plastic toys don’t age well, they lose their shine, their colours change (and not in a good way) and they become brittle. They don’t look enticing, just rather – soulless.

Girl running with balloons

Which Play Personality Are You?

Stuart Brown MD and founder of the National Institute for Play has identified 8 play personalities that develop over time as we develop strong preferences for certain types of play.


Farm Play Theme

A play theme inspired by our lovely outing to Amners Farm lambing day. If you get a chance to visit your local farm I would highly recommend it.

Garden scene

Ideas for garden play in winter

Winter can feel like a long time cooped up indoors, especially with children. However, there should be no reason children can’t play outside still.

Boy playing in the autumn leaves

Kid’s Play

I have been reading around the subject of play, this is what I have discovered…


Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Last weekend, the sun came out for a change and I thought, how about taking the kite hubby got for his birthday which we haven’t tried yet. So, let’s go fly a kite.

Child climbing a tree

Free play versus homework

Free play versus homework is a battle that goes on each week. Should young children be given homework every week?

Kids playing outside

The Benefits of Outside Play for Children

There are benefits to kids of using technology but they shouldn’t become dependent upon it; playing outside has benefits too and as a parent I do all I can to encourage it…

Children's tables and chairs

Observing Children Play

Maybe I’m biased, but I find it fascinating how children interact with furniture as they play and relax.