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  • 11 Aug 2016

    Festival review: Standon Calling

    Standon Calling has grown from a back-garden birthday party held in 2005 to a full-blown festival that attracts ten thousand people to a field in Hertfordshire each year. […] more

  • 11 Aug 2016

    Outdoor play

    Playing games outdoors is a wonderful – and inexpensive - way for families to enjoy themselves together. Try this selection from a simple obstacle course to group skipping. […] more

  • 9 Aug 2016

    Quality not Quantity

    Whilst helping to clear up after a school jumble sale I was dismayed to see the amount of toys that were left over. A quick sweep revealed two play kitchens, a couple of Barbies and a dozen Action Men. I made a guess that no-one bought these toys because they already had at least one of them at home. Thinking of my children’s bulging toybox I could understand why. Those leftovers would, eventually, join the 44 million toys that are thrown away each year in this country. So it’s a valid question to ask: ‘Do our children have too many toys’? Kathryn Houldcroft investigates […] more

  • 9 Aug 2016

    Playing with the elements

    We explore the woodland setting of an inspirational playscheme in Somerset […] more

  • 8 Aug 2016

    The importance of play

    Play is described as the work of childhood so how can we encourage this natural exploration in our children? As parents, we ignore the importance of play at our peril. Neuroscientists have discovered that part of the brain is hardwired for play. Creative activity stimulates the frontal lobes of the brain so it is vital that we allow time and space for our children to play. […] more

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