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Articles about Play

The value of play to literacy and numeracy

Children may learn to recognise letters and numbers by repetition and copying, but exploring their world through play where a stick represents a horse or a plate is a hat, forms foundations for abstract thinking in literacy, maths and problem solving.

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Why boys wrestle, play fight and fidget

Science tells us that because of their biological makeup, sitting still is just not an easy proposition for boys. Whether you have a boy or a girl you may have wondered what science can tell you about the brain's role in shaping your child's behaviour.

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Bringing up girls: Biology and behaviour

Whether you have a boy or a girl you may have wondered what science can tell you about the brain's role in shaping behaviour. There is evidence suggesting that the physiology of the female brain plays a tremendous role in how girls behave and learn.

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How and when to teach your child to share

The concept of sharing is something most parents try to instil in their children from a young age and while it sounds simple, it’s quite a complex life skill for children to master.

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Childhood physical activity in crisis

A global report on children’s physical activity comparing 49 countries, has found Australian children aren't moving enough. The country is lagging on Overall Physical Activity, Active Transport, Screen Time and Physical Fitness, with a grade of D-.

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Adventurous play: Why children need risk

Is there a reason our children insist on walking on the very edge of a footpath, instead of the middle? Or can’t resist climbing a wall or a tall tree? According to researchers, who define this play as risky or adventurous play, the answer is yes.

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Why spend one-on-one time with your child

Interested in boosting your child’s self-confidence, brain development, language and social skills? More one-on-one time may be part of the answer, contributing numerous benefits to a child's development according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Boost imagination with ‘loose parts’ play

It’s easy to define toys as objects with a distinct form: a car, a doll or a toy train. However, if we broaden our definition of playthings to include everyday objects or 'loose parts', we can promote imagination and create rich play for children.

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