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Supporting children through play

At a time when most Australian parents are spending more time with our young children than ever before, the idea of how to engage children through play is more relevant than ever. Professor Marilyn Fleer shares a technique called Conceptual Playworlds.

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Outdoor play: The benefits for children

Free or unstructured play is when children choose activities or games that interest them and are not directed by an adult. If children are playing you might think ‘Should I tell them what to do? Or should I just let them play and see what happens?'.

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The benefits of nature play for children

There is a global movement seeking more outdoor nature play for children. Not simply outdoor playgrounds with manufactured equipment, but unstructured play activities in outdoor settings where natural elements feature, such as logs, rocks and water.

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Small teaching moments while travelling

For young children, the travel experience itself is education.Travel is exposing children to new experiences and broadening their minds - this could be cultural, social, environmental or geographical. But it's also about bonding and creating memories.

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A parent's gift guide for sensory play

We want to buy gifts our children will enjoy, but taking a moment to look at our choices through the eyes of an occupational therapist can influence our selection in ways that can also help our child build confidence, resilience and self care skills.

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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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