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Our Top Sand and Water Play Products

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There are many educational benefits to sensory play, but one area that it can help develop greatly is a child’s creativity. Children are constantly learning to create throughout their childhood, something we at Creative Play are passionate about supporting and helping to cultivate.

While problem solving and decision making are often seen as the most obvious cognitive skills to be developed and fine-tuned by sensory play, linguistic experts are also quick to sing the praises of a more sensory approach to early years learning.

News Watersand6 | Our Top Sand And Water Play Products | Creative PlayWe have designed many different products to support Sensory Play within the outdoor play setting, one of the most obvious being sand and water play.

Take a look at some of our sensory sand and water play products below and see how you can transform your outdoor play area into an area children can develop and learn whilst most importantly having fun to boost the interactivity.

 

Water Play Midi One

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Our innovative Water Play Midi One is part of our Early Years specific Water play range, and encourages children to experiment with the flow and movement of water whilst learning to work together and improve upon their social and communication skills. Additional extras can be added to the product range to maximise the play experience and development of key skills.

Click here to find out more about our Water Play Midi One


Timber Sandbox

News Watersand2 | Our Top Sand And Water Play Products | Creative PlayChildren love playing with sand and our Sand Play range has been designed with this in mind. The Sandbox is a popular addition for many nurseries and schools. This Timber Sandbox will provide endless hours of fun for children.

The Timber Sandbox also comes with a robust sliding lid to keep the sand covered when not in use.

Click here to find out more about our Timber Sandbox


Mud Kitchen Midi

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The innovative Mud Kitchen Midi has been designed with the Early Years Foundation Stage in mind. The Mud Kitchen Midi provides children with a sensory area in which they can experiment, grow, and learn to work together in order to solve problems and build upon their communication skills through exploratory and sensory play.

Click here to find out more about our Mud Kitchen Midi


Water Wall

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Our Water Wall is aimed at Early Years it encourages children to experiment with the flow and movement of water whilst learning to work together and improve on their social and communication skills. With having the ability to add extras onto the Water Wall it can maximise the ultimate play experience and the development of key skills.

Children will love to get creative with this product especially in those science classes or simply just a warm day, take the class outdoors! The key features with this product include water wheels, buckets with valves, funnels, plastic containers, plastic hoses, dams, hooks and more importantly the mesh panel to create the wall, mix these up and add the different features you would like to make your own impeccable Water Wall!

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Sandhut Major

News Watersand5 | Our Top Sand And Water Play Products | Creative PlayOur Sandhuts are inspired from our successful Lilliput range and are great additions in any playground.

The vibrant roofs are great for providing shelter during play and when the included lid covers the sand pit. The Sandhut Major is our bigger Sandhut and is great for allowing more children to able to play in the sand. To make it even better, the included lid can transform the Sandhut into a performance stage and add a theatrical feel to any playground!

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If you are looking to add sensory play into your outdoor play area, why not contact us today? We have a team of friendly advisers waiting to hear from you. Click here to get in touch

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Summer 2017 Newsletter

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With summer just around the corner, everyone at Creative Play has been working extremely hard designing, manufacturing and installing your fantastic playground developments. We’re taking a look back at the exciting things we have accomplished over the last few months. From grand openings to charity fundraising, competitions to creating new product ranges we have done it all! See below for more information.

WE’RE MAKING THE HEADLINES

News Summer1 | Summer 2017 Newsletter | Creative PlayOne of our latest playground developments at Clockwork Day Nursery has been hitting the headlines for the past couple of weeks and we couldn’t be more proud. This development had a great story and it was a great pleasure to have been part of the project. We were lucky enough to attend the grand opening along with Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner MP and well as local radio DJ Chelsea Norris.

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Click here to read more about this fantastic development


COMPETITION WINNER

News Summer3 | Summer 2017 Newsletter | Creative PlayAs you may know we had a Facebook Competition running for Outdoor Classroom Day to give the chance for one lucky winner to win one of our 5m Octavia Shelters!!! We are pleased to announce Susan Crook as our winner who won this on behalf of Astley Park School, a full article will be coming soon including details of the whole process as well as pictures of the final development!!


NEW PRODUCT RANGE COMING SOON: TODDLE TOWN

News Summer4 | Summer 2017 Newsletter | Creative PlayWe have been working on a range specifically designed for Nurseries and EYFS. Designed to promote discovery and exploration the range also provides age-appropriate challenges to help develop children’s fundamental movement skills.


OUR LATEST BROCHURE HAS LANDED

News Summer5 | Summer 2017 Newsletter | Creative PlayDid you receive our summer brochure??? If not, you can download yours here now!!

Within the brochure you will find 4 exciting sports-focused packages, as well as an additional exclusive Sports and Fitness brochure. Take a look at what Creative Play products are ideal for encouraging children to become more active within the school playground!

Click here to find out more about our latest borchure


GOOD LUCK TO OUR DIRECTOR, JAMES!!

News Summer6 | Summer 2017 Newsletter | Creative PlayOur Director James had been raising money for the Countess of Chester Hospitals Respiratory Team. Already taking part in three different mountain-based races, make sure you keep up to date and see how he is getting on!

You can find out more information, including how to sponsor James, here in our blog post


OUR FRIENDS ARE CONSTANTLY GROWING

News Summer7 | Summer 2017 Newsletter | Creative PlayWe are constantly connecting with you all and our social media platforms have really taken off! You will find all of our latest news, projects as well as all things play so make sure you head over to keep up-to date! We now have an amazing 4,400+ friends on Facebook, come and join us!

Click here to visit our Facebook page

 

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Congratulations to our Outdoor Classroom Competition Winner

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News Summer3 | Congratulations To Our Outdoor Classroom Competition Winner | Creative PlayOver the last two months we have been holding a very exciting competition in honour of Outdoor Classroom Day. We were going to give one lucky school one of our fantastic Octavia Outdoor Classrooms worth just under £8,000 exc VAT ,as well as provide free delivery and installation.

Entry was simple, all you had to do was comment on our related competition post on our Facebook page, share the post and like our Creative Play UK Facebook page before 12 noon on Outdoor Classroom Day (18th May 2017) – Easy peasy!

With over 4,000 entries we were amazed with the amount of votes we received and we were totally gobsmacked with the amount of schools entering.

Via a raffle draw we can now happily announce that our winner was Susan Crook, acting on behalf of Astley Park School in Chorley, Lancashire!

Following this we liaised with the school and are pleased to be delivering and installing their Outdoor Classroom in the upcoming weeks.

Stay tuned for a more in-depth article once we have completed Astley Park School’s installation.

Congratulations again Susan Crook and Astley Park School!

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Our Latest Nursery Playground Development: Clockwork Day Nursery

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The Brief

With Clockwork Day Nurseries opening day quickly approaching, the final part of the development, the outdoor play area, still needed to be addressed. The Nursery contacted Creative Play with a wish list already in mind.

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Looking to incorporate a roadway, balance/climbing, role play, sand and water features as well as mounds and tunnels to the area we knew we would be able to help!

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The Design

News Clockwork4 | Our Latest Nursery Playground Development: Clockwork Day Nursery | Creative PlayWith the brief we were given we were extremely excited to be part of such a great transformation. We designed the facility to include a range of early year’s playground equipment such as an outdoor sail shade, sandbox, mound tunnels, crawling tube, tower system, custom made water feature and playhouse; everything the Clockwork Day Nursery had asked for.

News Clockwork5 | Our Latest Nursery Playground Development: Clockwork Day Nursery | Creative PlayIn addition to all of the equipment Wetpour Safety Surfacing and Artificial Grass Safety Surfacing were laid to allow all-weather use and ensure the play area meets all BSEN 1176/1177 standards. Within the Wetpour Safety Surfacing we also incorporated the requested roadway to provide more role play elements.

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The Installation

News Clockwork2 | Our Latest Nursery Playground Development: Clockwork Day Nursery | Creative PlayWith many different aspects and products within this development we were faced with an exciting challenge. To make sure we exceeded the nursery’s expectations we worked closely with the staff to ensure everything went smoothly and within the outlined time scales.

News Clockwork6 | Our Latest Nursery Playground Development: Clockwork Day Nursery | Creative PlayThe transformation of the area is truly exceptional and we were extremely happy to have been part of such a great project for the community of Audenshaw.

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When Should You Intervene With Your Children at the Playground?

As fun as a trip to the playground can be, we all know that a range of uncomfortable scenarios can crop up from time to time as many different children play together on the same playground. Sometimes you may just look on to see how the children will handle the issue, but at times you’ll have to consider when you intervene with your children at the playground?

Some scenarios may involve conflicts, known dangers, or unacceptable behaviour of children towards others. The key instances below may well call for your intervention.

Fights Over Toys/Equipment

Many disagreements over toys will be minor, and it can actually be helpful to give the children space to work these situations out themselves. However, some instances can involve escalating tension, and if it reaches the point of physical altercations, such as pulling, scratching or even fists. then you should act fast to manage the situation.

There are various different ways of eliminating the problem, from offering to participate in the game, or by asking for the toy or ball, letting your child know that snatching and keeping the toy or ball stops the game and keeps others from enjoying it. Most children will want the play to continue, and so will begin to move towards a more shared approach to be involved.

Not Taking Turns on the Playground Equipment

When you notice children freeze on the equipment, it may be time you intervene. It’s important to assess whether the child has taken control of the equipment and is refusing to include others, or whether the child may have noted a sense of danger on the equipment or have fear about using it. If it is a case of being unsure of a certain piece of equipment, it may be an important step in their development to help a child on it and through it. Maybe a child is stuck in a piece of equipment, say a slide, in which case you can step in to help them out before they become distressed. Ensure children use equipment one after the other if the area is designed to handle only one child, as overloading can cause safety concerns.

When You Notice Aggressive Children

One major issue at shared playgrounds can be aggressive children who hit, push or even throw objects not meant to be thrown at other children. When you see such a child, it may be worth identifying who accompanied them to the playground. They may not even be aware of the behaviour, but it can be helpful to respectfully notify them of your concern about the child’s behaviour. If their parents, nanny or other guardian do not respond to help the situation, it’s best to move your child to a different space of the playground rather than to step in and intervene with the other person’s child. In instances where your child is the aggressor, the first thing to do is to encourage your child to apologise in the best way they know how. This kind of reaction helps to stop aggressive behaviours from developing.

 

In the vast majority of cases, outdoor playgrounds will be a place of non-stop fun and learning, but we’ve seen enough play times to know it’s always good to have a few behavioural management tips up your sleeve!

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The Playground Where Youngsters Can Learn to Talk

As any parent will know, the process of helping a young child to acquire language is one of the most fascinating and exciting in the whole of parenting. Hearing young ones move from making seemingly random sounds, to semi-coherent words, through to an ever developing vocabulary; it’s a wonderful journey. There are many different techniques you can employ to aid a child’s language acquisition, from repeating key words that you want them to learn, through to reading with them, to using educational cartoons and apps. One area that we’re passionate about, which you may or may not have heard much about, is learning through play. That can even apply to language acquisition and learning to talk.

One such example of this is in Oakland, California, where a play area located at Officer Willie Wilkins Park is designed with a language enhancing twist. While it may look entirely standard on the surface, hidden within are a number of features to help teach your children how to talk. Its play area is outfitted with the standard slides and swings, but blended in with them are white boards embellished with pictures and expressions intended to get them talking.

A Community Feature

There’s a slide to slip down, inclines to move up, extensions to cross, but this playground with its conversation prompts and accentuation on talking have unlocked a new educational boost for local residents of this neighbourhood. Given that when they are only a year-and-a half-old, children from low-salary families and those from higher-pay families already show huge contrasts in their average vocabularies, the key thought here is that parents and guardians can utilise the boards to start discussions with their children while they play.

The recreation centre sits in the eastern part of the city, in an area with high poverty rates and a number of social cohesion issues, which can impact on the time and ability that parental figures have to help their children with learning to talk.

Basics of Language Acquisition

At the age of three months, your child pays attention to your vocal sound and starts responding to familiar voices, as well as noticing music. Many newborn children seem to incline toward a lady’s voice over a man’s, while at the age of six months, a child often starts chattering with various sounds and also begins to recognise when their name is used. They also know their innate verbal keys, able to use their tone of speech to express you that they are joyful or miserable.

Around the age of nine months, most children begin to understand a couple of fundamental words like “No” and “Bye.” Following a (usually extended) period of tuning into your child’s ‘jibber jabber’ it’s an exciting moment when they at long last says their initial word/s; whether it’s Dada, Mama, or Baba. This procedure is a characteristic piece of advancement.

Bridging the Gap

Experts suggest that there is an ever-increasing “word crevice” that exists amongst low and high-income families. Children from poorer backgrounds tend to comprehend, and utilise fewer words by the time they reach school age, which puts them at an immediate disadvantage and can have long-haul negative impacts. The initial years of a child’s life are pivotal for a range of developmental issues, with learning to talk being just one. This is why it’s so vital to aid a child’s vocabulary during this window.

The play area in Willie Wilkins Park, with its educational white boards adorned with pictures and expressions intended to get individuals talking, is a tool for the vital young people who are still “blank slates” with regards to securing information that can help them later on in life. Credit to this local area for seeing the dual benefits of learning and play, something we emphasise with every project we take on and hope to see more of across the world.

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Controversial Plans for Rooftop Playground School in Polluted Zone

Plans for a new primary school with rooftop playground have been given the go ahead in Croydon. With a variation on a popular theme, the Krishna Avanti Primary School will open its doors in September 2018. The Croydon Advertiser says that the new school is currently being run from the nearby Minster Nursery and Infant School until the building work is finished. The school will boast an innovative ‘Forest School’ style rooftop playground which will provide extra space for children to run around in.

The school, close to the Croydon flyover, has prompted some concerns of being built on a difficult site, a term that in this case is used to refer to sites that have alleged environmental problems. Southbridge Place, where the new school will be situated, has had serious pollution problems. Planning permission for the new rooftop playground has been granted despite the town’s planning officer suggesting that in the summer months pollution levels could be so high that children will not be able to play outside at all.

Defenders of the site say that the school is a major part of regeneration efforts, able to accommodate 420 pupils in an area that by 2022 will be well within the recommended limits for safety with regards to pollutants. This isn’t the first case of its type, as in 2016 the Harris Academy chain was given permission to a build a primary school to accommodate 540 pupils close to the A23, a four lane highway that has already been hit by heavy pollution.

Extra money was allocated to that school to make it hermetically sealed against traffic pollution, but what of the rooftop playground here? Can it solve the problems of noxious air created by heavy traffic passing close by the Krishna Avanti Primary School? At a council meeting to discuss the plans for the new Primary school, the head of development management told Croydon Council that even though the rooftop playground was innovative, it may not solve the problem.

Whilst some commentators have argued that the school is in a specific area that is actually below recommended limits for pollution, Friends of the Earth conducted a study to test the quality of the air and found that within a radius of a quarter of a mile of the Krishna Avanti School, pollutions levels were twice the recommend limited and were in fact higher than the legal limit. Whilst plans for the new primary school with rooftop playground are being contested, it is not the only school to use its roof area as a playground.

Plans are underway for a similar new school design in Southport. Birkdale Primary School, which has nowhere they can currently extend to use as playgrounds, have decided to create a roof garden as the ideal solution to their space issues. Parents, teachers and children are delighted with the new plans. The school has a long tradition of innovation, with the rooftop playground the latest in a series of expansions. With nowhere else left after new classrooms and kitchen had been added, the only way to go was up.

Time will tell whether the rooftop playground in Croydon will withstand the concerns over air pollution and inclement weather conditions to offer a healthy open-air space to run around in, but it’s certainly worth watching this trend for rooftop playgrounds that offer green play areas in locations with limited space.

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Parents fall for IKEA’s April Fool’s Day Playground Prank

For parents who shop at IKEA, you’ll be aware of the challenges that can come from letting your kids loose in the enormous homeware wonderland, splitting your time between shopping and trying not to lose your offspring!  Many of the IKEAs around the world actually offer wonderful supervised play areas that you can leave your kids in while you wander around the store unfettered by the demands of youngsters dragging at your coat tails.

It was therefore no small wonder that parents were horrified when they saw IKEA’s Facebook post informing customers of the changes about to be made to their onsite child playgrounds. The famous flat-pack store posted to their customers in Singapore that their child-friendly areas were about to become a ‘tablet heaven’ with every child at the playground given a tablet. The “modern update” they told parents, would keep their children “staring and tapping” for hours.

It’s customary for many retailers to join in with April’s Fools Day jokes these days, with Ikea being no exception and traditionally playing a prank on customers somewhere in the world on April’s Fools Day. But this time the joke was so good that it almost backfired, with concerned parents not always the most humorous section of society. This year’s April Fool’s Day playground prank was intended to highlight the worries of many parents about their children becoming over-saturated with modern technology.

IKEA had suggested that it would be getting rid of all the brightly painted furniture and colourful toys, installing instead a tablet station. Photographs that accompanied the announcement showed ‘zombie-like’ youngsters staring blankly at tablet screens, each child sitting in their separate pod, oblivious to the world around them. A post on Facebook read, “We’ve changed and made our in-store playgrounds into the way children play at home – staring and tapping”.

Many parents were not amused. In response to Ikea’s April Fools playground prank, complaints poured into the store via Facebook and Twitter. Many parents still did not get the joke, with the outrage caused by IKEA’s playground prank bringing to the surface the notion that maybe we have lost the ability to spot a joke, or alternatively that this we’ve become so reliant on screens that this was somewhat believable.

Many commentators said the IKEA prank was so believable in some respects that it was inevitable some parents would get caught out. On the store’s website the announcement suggested that “their studies of children at play revealed that children preferred to play with their tablets than to engage in physical activities, so they were waving goodbye to colourful toys and games, to say hello to zombie-land”

Many parents fell for it hook, line and sinker, and perhaps there’s a warning for us in that.

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Nubo designs ‘holistic’ playground for children in Sydney

Forward-thinking organisation Nubo has caught the eye recently by building a ‘holistic’ children’s playground in Australia. For the uninitiated, Nubo means cloud, and its purpose as an organisation is to design innovative spaces for children to feed their imaginations and nurture their creativity and curiosity.

The designers at Nubo say they apply a holistic approach to their creative spaces, enabling children to develop their interests through workshops, facilitated play and free play. The ‘holistic’ playground now open in Sydney is proving to be a great hit with children and their families. Unlike other indoor children’s play spaces that use bright colours and flashy designs, Nubo have created a white space and has chosen to concentrate on quality learning activities. The indoor playground is located in Alexandria, a suburb in the east of Sydney.

Enjoying 760 square metres of play space, which houses a variety of specialist spaces on different levels, the rooms offer children an exciting array of challenges. One example features giant building blocks to test their imaginations, while another is filled with books; a children’s library in a playground is an exciting blend for many children.

Private pods are available for little scholars, the focus point being a huge hot air balloon they can snuggle up in to read their favourite book. The theory behind the Nubo design for a holistic playground comes from best-practice in early-years education. Educationalists suggest that children need to have all of their senses stimulated to achieve peak learning.

Bright coloured objects may fascinate children, but theorists argue that relying on them all the time can actually limit a child’s imaginative development. This playground for children in Sydney provides an uncomplicated space with soft neutral colours on walls. There are traditional toys such as puzzles and robots, but each room also specialises in innovative learning. The music workshop encourages children to explore drama through games. A complete play kitchen occupies what is called the imagination room.

Local educators have describe the holistic playground as a “workshop heaven” but it’s also not an inexpensive one. An hour’s play costs $20, which is around £12, but parents are already full of praise for the facility’s ability to offer a space where children can simultaneously nourish their minds and encourage physical stimulation. The indoor playground is not just for children; parents are encouraged to interact with their children in a calm full-filled environment. The playground caters for children up to the age of 10. Some parents are of the opinion that it’s the younger children who seem to get the most out of it, but perhaps using this holistic approach early on will encourage children to be imaginative for longer as they grow older.

With giant pipes to scramble through and ceiling high climbing frames to dangle from, “Pure Play” is the signature phrase for this ‘holistic’ playground. The moment you walk into any of the spaces the state-of-the-art designs pull you in. With facilitated learning, free play and structured workshops all offered to accommodate varying styles of learning, the possibilities for creative play have suddenly become limitless.

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Massachusetts Architect Merges Play with Design

A Massachusetts-based architect has found a beautiful way to merge fun play with stylish design elements, by building a play structure that encourages children to crawl, jump and even fly.

The playground comprises wood-clad spaces that offer a beautiful blend for children in the Massachusetts suburb. The children get interactive play activities which involve scurrying through, clambering over as well as zip-wiring to derive the kind of amusement any youngster can come to love.

The emphasised design of the playground was designed by Matter Design Studio’s Brandon Clifford and the FR|SCH Projects’ Michael Schanbacher. The designer and architect are well known for their other impressive projects. The Five Fields Play Structure joins the list of amazing designs they have finished.

During the 1950s, The Architects Collaborative (TAC) established a mid-century modern development, which is what neighbours the new play structure located on land shared by Lexington’s Five Field’s residents. TAC created the neighbourhood as an experiment, while the community, requested a new play structure that was safe and refreshing to children be built as a way to keep the experimental spirit alive.

According to the duo, the needs of the community were to have a space to challenge their children and help them to grow through play, made with functional components. Clifford and Schanbacher involved the playground’s most important prospective users, consulting local children during the structure’s design process.

A series of cuboid sections, clad in timber of a similarly light colour, form the structure which sits on a sloped site. The series of components slot together and are connected at various points, making use of ropes for routes through them. The children have to conquer their way through these rope obstacles.

Not content to stop there, the designers included a 20 metre (66 feet) long zip-wire that starts at a jump-off provided by one of the box elements. Another box makes up a tall lookout. Since the structure is on a slope, it cantilevers at its end and hence a shelter is made underneath. Children can manoeuvre the play structure with ease due to its scale. Adults can also access the play area should the children need any assistance.

Schanbacher and Clifford said that designing a play structure for children is not their usual project. They admitted they found it a challenging task, seeking to balance style, accessibility and function. Another designer Johanna Lobdell, provided colourful graphics for suggesting possible entrances. This is done without limiting any particular section of the structure.

The employment of design on the play area makes it appear like a real adventure game similar to arcade video games. Interesting entrances made of vertical tubes where children can shimmy through to the top or pull themselves onto a ledge are found on the graphics suggested entrances, with some architectural sections such as doors and stairs acting as a decoy and leading to nowhere.

According to the duo, the decisions made by the children produced escalating challenges for them, pushing them to find ways to control risks and make sure the new play area was accessible across age-ranges.

Overall, it looks like they’ve done a great job, and we’re always inspired to see designers who set a standard for outdoor playgrounds and what they can offer.

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How to Encourage Children to Share From an Early Age

Sharing is a very important skill in life for any individual, and it factor into any parent’s responsibility to teach and encourage their children to learn to share at an early age. Sharing goes a long way to helping achieve positive outcomes in life, whether for children or adults, making interaction with others easier both in work and leisure spaces. Sharing can be encouraged creatively, and since children love to play, you can use this to your advantage.

Play Time

Children learn a lot through playing, developing several skills as they interact with their friends and toys. Children can learn social skills and how to express themselves by playing, particularly in a playground environment where they’re exploring new settings and tasks.

Practise

Practise makes perfect. To encourage your child to share, get involved in your child’s play times and try out games which require you to share, or a game that can be played in turns. This way, your child will learn to share by allowing you or any other person participating in the game to play their turn. Try planning games that will involve more people and also try using the word “share” in positive contexts throughout the day. Not only during play time can you encourage your child to share, but also in every other activity, for instance at meal time, especially if you are picking items for their plate from a central buffet style tray.

Praise

Even adults work best when motivated, but it’s particularly important to help your child learn through positive reinforcement, which can be done by praising and/or congratulating your child when he/she shares something. This will automatically motivate your child and encourage sharing, becoming a learned behaviour over time. Your child will want to share as they associate it with positive affirmation. By offering praise they will often be motivated and happy to share more.

Set a Good Example

Whether you notice it or not, your child looks up to you, will learn a lot from what you do, and will begin to imitate you in a host of different ways. Sharing appropriate food and drink, and particularly your time, with your child, will go a long way.

Don’t Overly-Punish your Child for not Sharing

As much as you want your child to learn sharing, it won’t come by constantly shouting or calling your child names such as, “selfish”. This can actually form a negative association for your child when they think of sharing, viewing it as forced. It can also create a rebellious attitude, so it’s much better to communicate with your child and try to find out why they don’t want to share, then you can explain to them why it’s important to share.

Teach your Child how to Express Themselves

Your child should learn how to express themselves with words. This will allow your child to use words when playing with other kids instead of just snatching their toys or commandeering the playground equipment. Your child will learn to explain to other kids why they should share, and model that behaviour to others.

 

Sharing is an important skill that takes time to develop, but once learnt it rarely goes away, and it often sets up youngsters to become the kind of people who can develop positive relationships both in the playground and throughout other areas of life.

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5 Ways that Parents Hinder their Children’s Playtime

Parenting is one of the most important and complex jobs on the planet, and every individual child is different, but experts suggest that one of the major mistakes made by made parents is actually in interfering with their children’s playtime and the learning it can produces.

Quite a few parents can hinder their children’s playtime by not realising what is needed for it to be successful, or the value that is contained within it. The importance of playtime cannot be underestimated, as it is crucial to a child’s wellbeing and offers other benefits such as learning motor skills, co-ordination, how to resolve conflicts, and also to use their imagination.

We’re passionate about learn through play and all the advantages that come with having a playtime, and we also have great respect for parents and guardians. That said, parents can interfere unnecessarily at times. Here are five common ways parents hinder a child’s playtime.

Issue Too Many Warnings

Some parents should let go of a few of the fears they have over their children having their own playtime. These fears can actually prevent children from trying new things. Children should be encouraged to always be confident, curious and explore new things. Worrying about every little thing that the children do should be avoided. Of course it is vital to make safety provisions, and a concern for your child’s wellbeing is a great quality, but a healthy balance needs to be found.

Allocating a fixed play ’script

Many TV shows present a certain theme or costume, with children beginning to show an interest after watching these shows. There’s nothing wrong with this, but the problem can come when parents limit children to only specific costumes, toys or play types without any freedom to make their own choices. Parents should at least let their children negotiate a little and choose the roles they will play, especially if they’re preparing a play or scenario. Being actively involved allows children to develop their minds, solve tension and also exchange creative ideas.

Too Many Responsibilities

This is another major thing that can hinder playtime, particularly as they get older, as many schedules force children to focus on a range of curricular and extra-curricular activities, leaving little or no time for play. In many cases, the most original and creative play is developed when a child has time and space, which these days can be an increasingly rare case.

Relying on ‘Screen Time’

It’s rare to find a child who will turn off a screen voluntarily. Whether it’s the TV, smartphone, tablet or computer games, these tools are addictive, seeming to instantly gratify children more powerfully than toys or outdoor play. That may be the case, but instant gratification isn’t always helpful, so parents should set limits on the amount of time their children spend with screens and provide better alternatives that show their children how to bring out fun in different ways.

Over-supervising

Another mistake that parents can make is hovering too close to their children while they are playing. Particularly as children start to grow up and get more confident in their abilities, this prevents children from being creative due to the overbearing eye of their parents. Parents can even allow their children to be involved in conflicts to a degree, allowing them to resolve them independently and later providing helpful feedback.

One important thing for parents to be aware of her is that, actually, they are not always the ones that should provide the solutions to their children’s boredom. Mentally, children develop faster when they are left to make their own choices and be the solution to their own problems. This is because making their own decisions requires time, privacy and other necessary tools. Of course, a parent shouldn’t become distance and disengaged, but again there is a healthy balance to be found.