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First, a quick summary: Loose parts play is, very simply, play with open-ended objects. It can be anything from cardboard boxes to leaves. You’re using loose parts play every single day – even if you don’t realise it! Laura shows you how your everyday activities are actually loose parts, and how to extend that. Inspire creativity, a love of learning, a culture of inclusivity and a lot more just by taking that extra step and introducing new forms of loose parts play – it’s a piece of cake! Loose parts play is magic. It’s creative, it’s entertaining and it’s limitless....

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Playing peekaboo with objects such as scarves, or putting an object in the bag and taking it out again, teaches your baby that when people or objects are hidden, they are still there. This understanding known as object permanence, usually develops in the first year. You'll recognise this developmental stage when they look for a covered-up object or one that has rolled away.

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The wonderful thing about open-ended toys is that, unlike many toys that operate on a one-way-to-play action, children can use them to play in a different way every time. Open-ended toys are ultimately child lead, with no directions or specific way that they need to be played with. Not only this, they are also a great way for children to express themselves creatively, opening the door for imaginative play and learning. Whilst we love playing with Connetix alone, combining Connetix with other loose parts and toys is another fun way to extend play. Here is a list of our favourites...

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You can imagine that when children are born, they are born with a ‘clean slate’ in terms of learning how their world works. They have so many ‘firsts’ in their young lives that their brain needs to continue to build on top of these ‘firsts’ in order to understand what is happening around them. The more ‘firsts’ your child experiences, the more understanding they will have about their world.  Sometimes you may notice that your child is compelled to play in a certain and repeated way. When children are seen to play in a repeated way, it could mean your...

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    What will you see in the Big Garden Birdwatch?World’s largest garden wildlife survey returns, 29-31 January 2021 Over its four decades, Big Garden Birdwatch has highlighted the winners and losers in the garden bird world. In 2020, nearly half a million people took part, counting almost eight million birds over a three-day period. For many people, garden birds provide an important connection to nature and bring joy and comfort as well as being vital for our mental health and wellbeing. Hundreds of thousands of people across the UK will celebrate their love of nature and unite to watch...

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