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A parent's role in literacy and numeracy

Most parents realise that play is an important part of a child’s life. A Macquarie University study reveals that watching their parents can impact the games children play and by demonstrating literacy and numeracy actually influence spontaneous play.

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Bluey: Children's favourite Blue Heeler

Since launching late last year, the animated adventures of Bluey the irrepressible six year-old Blue Heeler have become a huge hit with Australian children and their parents. The ABC television show is a home-grown production, produced in Queensland.

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Helping children through play therapy

In times of stress, grief or anger, children may not have the words to describe what’s happening. Play therapy uses the natural language of children, and allows them to work through emotions and challenges under the care of a qualified therapist.

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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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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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The importance and benefits of free play

In an effort to give children the best possible start in life it is possible to fill every spare moment with activities. This does however put pressure on parents and risks leaving little time for vital play, an important part of brain development.

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Six great nature play ideas for summer

Summer and the school holidays both offer endless opportunities for nature play. Ditch the digital devices and use the time to help children connect with the natural world. Try these ideas, keeping it simple and cheap. There's no need to overthink it.

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Perseverance: Teaching the value of effort

Learning to persevere is an important skill for children to learn and researchers have found parents play a very valuable role in modelling the behaviour. It’s all about trying, failing, and if you are a parent, being seen to fail without giving up.

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