Gun Play: Is it good for children?

Children playing with toy guns or creating guns as part of their play can be seen as a complex issue. In the light of regular violent crimes reported on the news, adults may be concerned and even fear that play could turn into reality. However, gun play can also provide an important opportunity for children…

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Loose Parts at Smartkidz

Have you ever wondered why children can spend hours sitting in an old box when there is a pile of new toys waiting in the corner? Or, why you have to empty piles of sticks and stones from their school bag? The reason for this is closely linked to an approach to play known as…

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Play Parks Vs Natural Play Spaces

Play Parks have been a feature of towns, cities and villages for decades. Without looking at one, I bet that you could close your eyes and guess at least nine out of any ten items in them. Apart from some changes in material, style and flooring, the main elements have remained the same. Not only…

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Bubble Magic

This is a memorable story of connecting a mother`s love through the uniqueness of play and the nature of playwork and bubbles. The playwork approach is holistic and about expanding the individual child’s play experience and opportunities. On this particular day, I had fourteen children in my care, ranging from the ages of five to…

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