#Play

How To Plan An Adventure Holiday For The Family

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Lazing around on sun loungers holds zero appeal for kids. But climbing a mountain, mucking about on boats, screaming at the top of their voices as the...

Building Lives: Bonding With Your Baby

Tessa Baradon | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Parents
Tessa Baradon

There is much discussion about environments these days: how to preserve our environment and exposure to the damage that thoughtless human activity is causing. 'Environment' refers to the surrounding in which we live. Babies' environments are the relationships they have with those who care for them.

The Rules For Playing Cafe With A Toddler

Claire Kirby | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Claire Kirby

Yesterday I ate two slices of pizza, a hot dog, a banana, two strawberries, some corn on the cob, three cakes and an ice cream. All served with cups of tea, and without a single calorie. Of course it was all plastic and served to me by my toddler on tiny plastic plates.

The Time For Playful Politics Is Now

Allen Baird | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Politics
Allen Baird

Maybe the doctrine of limited government isn't just a rusty political relic of Enlightenment idealism. Maybe it's a modern psychological tool we can wield to ward off those black dogs of political depression.

Take The Device Away: Why Children And Technology Should Be Separated!

Emma Williamson | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Parents
Emma Williamson

These days you will be hard pressed to find a child who doesn't have access to technology - a device that is permanently glued to their nose and the only 'toy' that will keep them entertained without screaming down the house to be quiet.

The Rules Of Role Play For Parents of Toddlers

By Laura Kemp | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents

Toddlers learn through play. By playing with you they develop important social skills like concentration and cooperation, how to express themselves (o...

10 Things Your Toddler Will Play With More Than Any Toy You Buy

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Parents

“Mummy, can I have that? I NEEEDDDDD it.” The banshee cry all parents dread when their child clocks a shop window or that hypnotic advert pops up ...

Literature And Language In Action

Farida Ahmed | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Farida Ahmed

As a private tutor and mentor to young people, I am always looking for ingenious ways to truly connect with students to make teaching and learning as ...

Five Best Parenting Books You've Never Heard Of

Michelle McHale | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Parents
Michelle McHale

Is your bedside table stacked with books or muslins and wet wipes!? We've kept it so simple that we only chose five top books, the first of which is, in itself, the only book you might ever need. The rest have terrific value and can be referred to time and again.

Cambridge University Has Created A Job Every Kid Dreams Of

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education

Firefighter, astronaut, princess - few of us actually get the jobs we dream about as children. But with Cambridge University looking to recruit a Leg...

Every Child Has The Right To Play, Wherever They Live In The World

Aleema Shivji | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
Aleema Shivji

© Erika Pineros / Handicap International During my missions around the world as a physiotherapist for Handicap International, one of the things that...

The Royale (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

The Royale is a very muscular, frenetic play that kicks off with Jay fighting a bout with a newcomer, played by an engaging Martins Imhangbe. Brilliantly staged, the entire drama is set in a boxing ring, just a wooden-slated floor that becomes the whole world.

How Toddlers Learn To Share

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Parents

My daughter used to love sharing, happily passing toys to other kids in the toddler group. Fast forward to two and a half and she no longer ‘does’...

Be Your Toddler's Ultimate Play Date With These Tips

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Parents

Playing with children: easy, isn’t it? You just sit there, pick up some wooden bricks and build your own tower next to theirs... That might be how o...

Magnificence By Howard Brenton

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

As the lights dim in the Finborough Theatre, a faint commotion can be heard coming from the corridor outside. The auditorium has become a disused buil...

Autism Research Findings Provide Good Advice For All Parents

Dr Amanda Gummer | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Amanda Gummer

It is great to see results such as these that prove that interventions can work and have a long lasting impact on children and families suffering with autism. But it's also really important to point out here that engaged parenting methods, focusing on play and social interaction is beneficial for all children, not just those with autism.

Why Children Love To Play

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Parents

Play is lots of fun for your toddler, but it’s also essential for your child’s emotional, social and physical development. You’re still the best...

Much Ado About Nothing At Selfridges

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

The Faction theatre company and Selfridges have come together to create a production that makes the work of William Shakespeare very accessible and engaging. Elements including fashion, social media and tabloids are effectively incorporated to provide parallels to modern times.

Why A Cardboard Box Is All Your Child Needs

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Parents

The most alluring potential toy for your tot? Nope, not your iPad mini/ the TV remote/your smartphone. It’s an empty cardboard box. With infinite po...

How To Unlock Your Child's Creativity

Written by Mary Common | Phillip Othen | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Parents

We assume that creativity is an innate talent that only some children possess. But actually, all children have the ability to be creative, and it is a...

All The Story of The Night Told Over...

Caragh Little | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Caragh Little

This was a special production, too, in that the parts of Shakespeare's 'Mechanicals', the working men of Athens who stage the play-within-a-play at Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding feast, were played by actors from local amateur dramatic groups in each region visited by the tour, and the parts of fairy attendants being played by local schoolchildren.

Theatre Review: Every Seven Years, New Wimbledon Theatre

Robert Bradley | Posted 20.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

Our bodies, those lush round lumpy things we have to cart about from the cradle to the grave are a collection of the most important objects we'll ever...

Five Lessons You Can Learn From Your Child

Tim van der Vliet | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK Parents
Tim van der Vliet

Why can I tell you about this? We have four kids, aged 17, 15, 12 and 3. I am not a parenting guru. Actually I raise our children from a 'know nothing' perspective. I allow myself to know nothing for sure. This makes me forever curious.

Children Spend Less Time Outdoors Than Prisoners

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Parents

One in two children spend an hour or less outside per day, in contrast to prisoners who are guaranteed two hours in the open air every day, a global s...

This DIY Cardboard Kitchen For Kids Is All Kinds Of Dreamy

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Parents

One mum proved that the cost of keeping your child entertained can be next to nothing with her dream-worthy DIY project. Rodessa Villanueva-Reyes, ...