Recommended Reads – Child’s play

I’ve been doing lots of research and exploring the topic of children’s play and how important it is for them to have free play time where they are able to use their imaginations. What we remember fondly from our own childhood’s and how we used to play as kids has all but disappeared in today’s society. So here are some great websites with wonderful resources to encourage you to stimulate your kids into real “playing”. I have really enjoyed these reads and have instituted a dress up suitcase with a few remnants from the original one which belonged in the garage at my grans house and added a few updates. Maybe the next time you hear “I’m bored” during these school holidays dig out this list for some ideas rather than switching on the tv! Just a thought – use it, don’t use it 🙂

10 characteristics of real play @ Having fun at home

50 ways to explore nature in your own back yard @ Go explore nature

Play based learning philosophy @ Play Based Learning

10 incredible set ups for imaginative play @ Modern Parents Messy Kids

No one will play with me: helping your child make friends @ Childhood 101

The importance of imaginative play @ Child Development Guide

And here are some other great sites which my sister recently shared with me. She is a pre-school teacher so knows her stuff!

Play Create Explore
No Time for Flashcards
Teach your Tot

Let me know if you know of any others.

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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