Why kids need play!

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Play is a vital part of learning and developing as a child.  Parents who understand the importance of play, offer their child quality, age appropriate play experiences and take time to play with their child are helping their child to … Continue reading

Learning to pretend

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It looks simple, but it is also so valuable. Kids really do learn lots and lots of skills just by playing. If parents can take time out from their busy lives to play too the learning will be even better … Continue reading

Top Toys for Toddlers

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Santa is getting ready for the Talking Matters Christmas Party and he is checking his list for some great toy ideas. Parents often ask what are good toys to buy as gifts for toddlers. Toys can vary enormously in price and … Continue reading

Playing together 101

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The ability to play together with other children is a skill that children develop over time. Some children such as those with developmental delays or autism spectrum disorder may find this particularly challenging. Children with ASD in particular often show … Continue reading

Top Toddler Xmas toys

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Santa is getting ready for the Talking Matters party tomorrow and Christmas is coming soon. Parents often ask what are good toys to buy as gifts for toddlers. Toys can vary enormously in price and quality. Sometimes complex and expensive … Continue reading

10 more ways to pretend

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Pretend play becomes more complex as children develop. By four to five years children are beginning to act out a series of actions to form whole scenes. They also begin to explore topics outside of their daily experience, such as … Continue reading

12 ways to pretend at 3 years

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Last week we looked at how pretend play begins in toddlers. Now we will look at how it develops further, with more complexity in three year olds. By three years preschoolers begin to combine actions and objects to act out scenes. As … Continue reading

7 ways to begin pretending

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Children have an in-built need to play which begins when they are babies. Play is vital for developing language, thinking, motor skills and social skills. As children grow and develop the type of play they enjoy changes too. Providing the right kinds … Continue reading

Learn by playing? Imagine that!

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It looks simple, but it is also so valuable. Kids really do learn lots and lots of skills just by playing. If parents can take time out from their busy lives to play too the learning will be even better … Continue reading

Top 10 toddler toys

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Coming up to Christmas parents often ask what are good toys to buy as gifts for toddlers. Toys can vary enormously in price and quality. Sometimes complex and expensive toys have limited uses and children quickly tire of them while … Continue reading