Tag Archive: learning through play

How to choose toys that will outlive the latest playground craze

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…
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October 31, 2018 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How to choose toys to support your pre-schooler’s learning

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…
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October 31, 2018 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How to choose toys that will grow with your toddler

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…
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October 31, 2018 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How to choose budget-friendly, screen-free gifts for your tween

The older children get, the smaller and more expensive their requests seem to become! As a result, you may need to manage your child’s expectations – you may need to explain to your child that if they want that one expensive gift, they might not get as many other presents as they used to, or…
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October 31, 2018 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

COMMENT: Should children be taught life lessons in school?

Should Schools be Responsible for Teaching Children Life Lessons? By Dr Amanda Gummer 1 The American website, Quartz, recently published an article about how schools around the world are starting to teach children not only about academic subjects like science, maths and English, but also emotional and social subjects like perseverance and gratitude. Governments have started…
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May 20, 2016 Tags:, , , , ,

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Why Playful Parenting is Beneficial to your Child’s Development

Dr Amanda Gummer’s new book Play offers a refreshing alternative to all the ‘How To’ books that parents are bombarded with. The great news is that having fun with your child really is the best way of helping him/her develop. Not only does playful parenting reduce stress, promote attachment and increase enjoyment of parenting, it’s…
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September 9, 2015 Tags:, , , , , , ,

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5 Ways to tell if Educational Apps can Support your Child

 “Can Apps really be Educational?”   This is a question which many parents, including myself, have asked.  Our children are growing up in a society where tablets and phones are readily available to them.  Children are exposed to technology from a very young age, and we cannot escape the fact that it plays an important…
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May 28, 2015 Tags:, , , , , ,

GTG Play Day At John Lewis

This Saturday, the Good Toy Guide team will be working with the John Lewis toy experts to share their unique insight into children’s play, toys and development throughout the day. They’ll be helping customers choose Christmas presents for their children that aren’t five minute wonders and will also be able to give advice on which…
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November 25, 2013 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Top 10 Tips On Improving Your Child’s Communication Skills

Communication skills are paramount for both adults and children but there is more to communication than just learning to talk. Listening, interpreting verbal and non-verbal signals, writing, drawing and increasingly email, text and twitter are all forms of communication. Whilst some children can communicate confidently from an early age, others find it difficult to make…
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September 30, 2013 Tags:, , , , , , , , ,