Why Kids Love to Play

Children learn by embracing the world. They are born with a curious mind and a desire to explore and learn. The dive into the world by watching, tasting. touching and feeling things around them. Awareness of how children learn and discover the world helps us find ways to support their development. Play is a hands-on …

Brainy Toys

Buying gifts and presents for a child is great fun, but finding a toy that is open-ended and encourages imagination is not always that easy. A good toy should be open for interpretation and inspire a child to invent her own games. The company Active People has a great range of toys that has won …

Children and Play

Factoids Playtime is important but drill exercises and testing for “factoids” are often part of young children’s daily activities. Playful and meaningful learning are vital but buying educational toys and assessing children is not the same as providing them with an environment where growth and creative exploration of the world is the aim. Learning about …

I-Spy

"P" is for. . . In “The Baby in the Mirror”, Charles Fernyhough describes a car trip with his daughter who is almost three. They play the game “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with. . .”  One person begins the game by choosing an object they can see and the child has …

Video Games

Changing and Evolving Brains Today, many children grow up in a high-tech world, and playing games provides an introduction  to computer technology. Our brains are constantly changing and evolving. Everything a child does influence and strengthens neural pathways in the brain. Today, the speed at which our brains are evolving is the influenced by the …

Creative Word Games for Young Children

Buzzword Creativity is a buzzword, and everyone wants to have creative children. Creativity is seen as vital for success and teachers and politicians are stressing the importance of innovations and “out-of-the box thinking”. There are many different ideas about what creativity is and is not. Sometimes creativity is seen as a special innate quality, and …