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The power of Visuals

The power of Visuals

Speech Pathologists are always suggesting visuals and there are some very good reasons for them. Children with difficulty understanding or using language really benefit from the added support of visuals to assist with changes to routine, to reduce anxiety and the load on listening. It can also do wonders for children who are displaying any behavioural difficulties - this may be a sign that they are having some trouble comprehending language so to have something that is concrete and accessible all the time can help significantly. Children with Autism in particular thrive with a full visual set up in the home environment....
Donation Box

Donation Box

Who has too many toys in their house? I'm pretty sure you just said yes! We've got an idea you can use to help limit the number of toys in your house and also teach your children about empathy.

Grab your PlayPack cardboard box or insert tray and decorate it up as a ''Donation box". For every new toy your child brings into the house, an old one must be donated and placed in the donation box. They can donate toys to their friends when they come over, do a swap with them, or learn that people less fortunate may benefit from playing with those items. Here are some great places you can donate used toys...

Homemade Play dough

Homemade Play dough

Playdough is really fun and easy to make at home with your kids. You only need a few simple ingredients, and it’s ready in a flash. Get the kids involved, making it is half the fun! Let them choose their favourite colours, and talk about how you combine primary colours to make other colours. They can help you measure, while you discuss ‘big scoops’, ‘small scoops’, pouring, mixing, kneading. Lots of fun words to explore!

The other great thing about homemade playdough is you know exactly what goes into it, so if little ones end up with it in their mouth, you don’t need to panic.....

Shaping a colourful world

Shaping a colourful world

Children begin to recognise shapes and colours at a very young age, in fact babies can tell the difference between a circle and a square by touch and sight. This is the first way we learn to categorise things and make sense of the world around us. The first distinction a child will make is same versus different, then they will build on this to begin classifying groups into shapes and colours.

Understanding shapes forms the basis for learning letters and numerals, as these are essentially made up of different shapes. Colour is a beginning for describing, which leads to vocabulary development. Therefore, shapes and colours are a critical base.....

The right to PLAY

The right to PLAY

Did you know, play is so important that the United Nations Human Rights Council has listed it as one of the basic rights every child should have! “Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 31: Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities” https://www.unicef.org/crc/