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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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Learning to persevere with perseverance

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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Keeping ‘digitods’ safe on the internet

The accessibility of the internet has created a need for cyber safety education for young children. Touch screens and internet connected devices and wearables, including children’s toys, have put the internet at the fingertips of preschoolers.

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Superhero play: Holy bat trap batman!

While it can be argued that modern superheroes are unhealthy role models, children love to dress up as the superheroes they see in cartoons and movies. While it may look like simple play from the outside, it’s actually an important part of early learning.

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8 reasons dress-up is good for kids

Role playing and dress-up releases the imagination, letting dreams and aspirations run wild. But behind this most treasured of childhood rituals is a science and a psychology which creates a sturdy base for every facet of a child's development.

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Play-based learning a toddler adventure

Toddlers have a natural curiosity and play-based learning helps foster and satisfy that curiosity, laying down important foundational skills that they need to build on as they enter kindergarten or preschool and get ready for primary school.

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Play a key to learning for 3-5 year olds

When children have the freedom to play, they are satisfying their natural curiosity, making sense of the world around them and having fun. For parents it means letting your child lead the play, following their interests alongside them while not taking over.

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Aussie kids among world’s least active

A national snapshot of the levels of physical activity in Australian children taken every two years has given our young people a failing grade of D minus for overall physical activity. Our D minus puts us well behind national rivals New Zealand (B-).

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