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Playing with your kids and enjoying it!

Playing with your kids and enjoying it!

What could be more wonderful than sharing creativity and play with your child? And what facilitates this better than toys that both parents and children love? I think a lot of parents (particularly mums) feel guilty for buying toys they like. They worry that if they like it they're buying it for the wrong reasons but I'm here to tell you that's just not true. Enjoying your children's toys is wonderful. It's magical. Most of all, it's fun! Sitting and playing together is so good for creating connection and that connection is what builds your relationship with your child. And...

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Pastel vs Rainbow Connetix Tiles

Pastel vs Rainbow Connetix Tiles

If you're wondering about the different colours in the new Pastel Connetix Tiles then keep scrolling down for a closer look both on their own and in combination with the classic rainbow coloured Connetix Tiles. Since the beginning we have always owned the classic rainbow colours as they were the first to be released and our Connetix Tiles have been well loved for many years. They have been perfect as my girls have grown up to learn their colours through play. It's easy to talk about the colours through play by talking about them such as "Would you please pass me an orange...

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Creating a Calm Down Basket

Creating a Calm Down Basket

Earlier this year I created a calm down basket for each of my children aged 3 and 4 years old. We keep these baskets in their rooms for their rest time and also when we need resources to help calm and regulate their emotions. Our calm down baskets are not used as a punishment but instead for quiet play during rest times and as a strategy to help self-regulate their emotions and big feelings. When we introduced these baskets I sat with them and showed them some ways the items can be used to help them recognise how they are feeling. For example paying close attention...

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Our Top 5 Open Ended Toys

Our Top 5 Open Ended Toys

If you’ve been one of the many wondering what our most used and loved resources are in our home then keep reading! These items are so loved in our home that they rarely ever leave a toy rotation. Before we get into it let’s quickly talk about what makes a toy open ended. Open ended play is play that has no set of fixed way that a toy should be used. There is no set outcome and no 'right' or 'wrong' way for the toy to be used. Many children could be given the exact same toy and they would...

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