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Connecting through rhythm and repetition

Connecting through rhythm and repetition

Tap tap, he hits the cushion with the palm of his hand, tap tap, I copy his rhythm hitting a cushion near me. His eyes light up and a grin widens on his face. We go on tapping the cushions, laughing and grinning at each other, and then as toddlers...
25 Ways to embrace nonsensical play

25 Ways to embrace nonsensical play

There’s no doubt that using playfulness, games and puzzles enhances children’s learning. Play optimises opportunities for gaining new skills, remembering information, recognising social cues and understanding basic principles; it’s foundational to...
Creatively expressing emotions

Creatively expressing emotions

Managing children’s emotions can be problematic. We may lose our patience, feel triggered by their outbursts, or become reactive ourselves when they behave. Or act out in certain ways. We may insist that they ‘calm down!’ or patiently explain to...
Are you taking well-being too seriously?

Are you taking well-being too seriously?

Yes you probably are, and for good reason! With the effects of the pandemic still ringing in our ears, teachers, carers and parents have a big job on their hands. Not only do we have a responsibility to support children through the chaos, but we’re...
Playfully supporting an avoidant child

Playfully supporting an avoidant child

‘I don’t want to go!’  ‘I don’t want to talk about it!’ ‘I’m not doing it!’ Sound familiar? Your child’s excited about a friend’s birthday party, but when it comes to leaving the house they refuse to go. Or you can tell that your child’s worried...

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