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Can collectibles be a force for good?

January 21, 2019

Collecting seems to be a particularly popular pastime among children. In an ongoing poll carried out by Babycentre.com, 8 out of 10 of parents said that their child collects things, with the majority (4 in 10)  preferring things from nature like conkers, shells and pebbles.     A further quarter of parents said their child enjoys collecting toys intended to be...
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How to end screen-time battles with a Balanced Play Diet

January 11, 2019

Edited by Dr Amanda Gummer Many parents complain to us that it’s a real battle to get children interested in anything other than their tablets or mobile phones and we know how hard it can be at times, but screen time does have its place in a balanced play diet – it’s more about what you do on screen and how that...
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How to be less stressed at Christmas

November 5, 2018

Many of us have an image in our head of the perfect, cosy Christmas – decorating our homes, putting up the tree, and making sure Santa brings all the toys on our children’s wish lists. But in reality, this can be a challenge. Getting a real Christmas tree sounds wonderful until you become a sweaty mess trying to get it...
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How to choose toys that will outlive the latest playground craze

October 31, 2018

So…have you got that slime out of your carpet yet? Thrown out the old fidget spinners? Hoovered up the last of the loom bands? You never know what might spring up as the next must-have toy or playground craze (you’d be rich if you did!). These toys are driven by popularity – once they fall out of fashion, they disappear...
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How to choose toys to support your pre-schooler’s learning

October 31, 2018

One of the biggest myths about playing is that it is a waste of time unless it has a purpose. But even scientists agree: play is vital for your child’s development. For play to be valuable to your child’s learning, it doesn’t need to to be ‘educational’ – there are many, many more skills that will come in handy at...
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How to choose toys that will grow with your toddler

October 31, 2018

They grow up so quickly, don’t they? And as much as we resign ourselves to buying new shoes and clothes every few months, we hope that the toys Father Christmas brings will last a little longer than that. This isn’t simply about the toy’s quality though, it’s also about the child’s stage of development. While you might buy slightly oversized...
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