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Exploring Different Cultures

In our increasingly interconnected world, teaching children about different cultures and how to respect them is more important than ever. Not only does it promote empathy and understanding, but it also helps children to appreciate diversity and broadens their worldview. […]

Budget-Friendly Family Days Out

As parents, we’re constantly on the lookout for activities to entertain our children but it can be difficult to find ones that fit within our budget. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for budget-friendly family days out! From picnics in […]

Top 20 Days Out for Families in the UK this Easter 2024

We understand the importance of creating unforgettable memories with your loved ones during the Easter break, so we’ve curated a list of exciting UK destinations that promise fun-filled adventures for everyone. From thrilling rides to fascinating historical sites, there’s something […]

Talking to children about illness and a loved one’s health

When the Princess of Wales announced her cancer diagnosis, she made it clear that she’d taken time to help her children understand what’s happening and come to terms with her illness, whilst remaining optimistic for a full recovery.  When a […]

Mother’s Day Crafts & Activities

Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to show mum just how much she is loved and appreciated. Here are some ideas for personalised presents, as well as some special ways to celebrate.     Crafts Handprint […]

How Can We Raise Strong, Confident and Independent Daughters?

International Women’s Day is a good time to think about how we, as parents, can equip our daughters with the tools they need to navigate life and thrive as strong, confident, and independent people But how do we do this […]

How to Support a Child on Mother’s Day Without a Mum

Mother’s Day is a special occasion that encourages us to celebrate the women who have raised and loved us. However, for children who have lost their mum or don’t have a mum, it can be a painful reminder that she’s […]

The Importance of Spending Time with Family

Our time is the most valuable gift we can give our children and it’s key to their development, but in the hustle and bustle of modern life, it’s easy to overlook the importance of simply spending time together as a […]

The Benefits of Cold Weather Play

At this time of year, it’s tempting to hibernate indoors until warmer weather appears in the spring. However, there are countless reasons why you and your family should bundle up and head outside for some cold weather play. It’s a […]

Valentine’s Day Craft Ideas

Valentine’s Day craft activities for kids provide more than just fun; they offer valuable developmental benefits. Under parental guidance, children can explore their creativity and fine motor skills through cutting, pasting, and painting. These activities also promote cognitive growth as […]

The Importance of Parental Controls in a Digital Age

So your child has been gifted a brand-new gadget! While these gadgets offer many educational and entertainment opportunities, they also bring up concerns for parents regarding screen time, online safety, and content control. Finding a healthy balance between screen time […]

10 Fun Rainy Day Games for Children

Are you ready to get your raincoats and wellies on for a rainy-day adventure with your little ones.? Picture this: raindrops dancing on lush leaves, giggles echoing through the air, and puddles becoming portals to endless fun. Step beyond the […]

Enhancing Children’s Learning Through Travel Adventures

Nurturing our children’s curiosity and thirst for knowledge is a top priority for parents. While school plays a crucial role in this, there’s something really special about travel that can ignite a child’s curiosity and enhance their learning experiences in […]

Tips for Travelling with Children on Long Journeys

Travelling with children for long periods can be both an exciting adventure and a daunting task. Long journeys, whether by car, bus, train, or plane, can present challenges, so careful planning and preparation is key. To ensure a smooth and […]

Best Toys for Family Travel Entertainment

Whether you’re visiting relatives, heading to the beach, going camping, or off on a two week holiday, having the right toys and games for all the family can really enhance these experiences and keep everyone entertained. When choosing what to […]

Easing your Child Back to School after Christmas

Back to school with a skip and a cheer? Or shuffling into the school gates with shoulders hunched? How has your child returned to school after the Christmas break?   Factors for Parents to Consider   Unfortunately, quite a lot […]

A Guide to Healthy Screen Time for Children in the Digital Age

In this digital age, parents find themselves navigating uncharted waters when it comes to managing their children’s screen time. The debate surrounding the impacts of screen exposure on young minds has sparked concerns and fears among caregivers worldwide. However, in […]

Speech and Language Development in Children

The development of speech and language in children is incredible to witness. From the earliest sounds to forming complex sentences, each step signifies their growing ability to communicate. It’s really important to remember that children develop their speech and understanding […]

From Snowmen to Stargazing: Winter Play Ideas for Kids of All Ages

The winter season brings a magical touch to outdoor play, offering a unique set of activities that captivate both children and adults alike. Embrace the chilly weather and discover the joy of winter play with these exciting ideas.   Snow […]

Fostering Creativity in Children

In our fast-paced and competitive world, teaching children practical skills is often given more importance than creativity. Learning to count, write your name, tie your shoelaces, and follow directions are all essential practical skills to master, but creativity is powerful […]

Dazzling DIY Christmas Tree Decorations: Craft Your Festive Wonderland

Welcome to a festive journey where creativity knows no bounds! This holiday season, we invite you to dive into the world of DIY Christmas decorations that will not only sparkle on your tree but also ignite the imaginative spirit of […]

Winter Wonderland: Festive Recipes for Kids

Welcome to our Winter Wonderland Treats guide, where we combine the magic of winter with the joy of creating delicious, warm recipes with your little ones. Our recipes are not just tasty; they’re a delightful adventure for kids, promoting creativity […]

Winter Health Tips for the Family

With summer a distant memory, parents now find themselves facing the challenge of keeping their children healthy during the colder months. This time of year can bring an array of health concerns, from coughs and colds to a lack of […]

Nurturing Boys in Modern Society

The current debate as to who has it tougher, girls or boys misses the point. It’s essential to recognise that both boys and girls face unique challenges. Pitting the genders against each other fuels the problem. Rather than viewing it […]

Chores for Children

We recently found the following guide to age-appropriate chores for children: (Source: Flanders Family)     While having a guide can be a really useful starting point, we wanted to update the list to make it more relevant for a modern family […]

Christmas Must Haves (USA Edition)

By Emilia Orviss (Updated for 2023)   The Holiday Season is just around the corner and the shops have already started to bring in the Christmas produce and decorations to buy. With not long to go until the main event, [...]

Christmas Must Haves

By Emilia Orviss (Updated for 2023)   Christmas is just around the corner and the shops have already started to bring in the Christmas produce and decorations to buy. With under two months to go until the main event, you [...]

Christmas Festive Faves

Updated for 2023 By Emilia Orviss   Ho Ho Ho! The nights are drawing in and the Christmas decorations are popping up in the shops. It can only mean one thing… Christmas is on the way! Summer may only just [...]

The Impact of STEAM in Your Child’s Development

  STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Traditionally, these subjects are taught separately, whereas STEAM activities connect them, making it one holistic learning experience and showing children how various fields overlap and influence each other – as […]

USA Stocking Filler Ideas (treats under $20)

(Updated for 2023) By Dr Amanda Gummer Budgets are tighter than normal for many of us this year but that doesn’t prevent us from wanting to see the joy on children’s faces when they see that Santa’s been. Choosing toys [...]

Indoor Winter Art Activities for Creative Kids

When it’s just too cold or wet to get outdoors this winter, there are lots of ways to entertain your child in the warm and dry, while also getting their creative juices flowing. Whether they like crafting, baking, or collage, […]

How to make sure you’re buying safe toys this Christmas

(Updated for 2023) With Christmas approaching, it is natural to want to make sure we are buying good quality toys that are going to last well and be safe for our children to explore. Play is a key part of [...]

Christmas tips for children with a hearing impairment

(Updated for 2023) The festive period is an exciting time of year for everyone, but it is important to remember that for some it can be more challenging than others. Being hearing impaired can make certain aspects of the festive [...]

Save money with the ‘Four Gift Rule’ this Christmas

We all love seeing the look on our children’s faces on Christmas morning, when they discover that big pile of presents under the tree. But that pile of pressies doesn’t come cheap – especially if you have more than one [...]

Embracing Christmas with a child with ASD

  As Christmas comes around once again, things can get pretty hectic for any parent. But the break in routines this time of year are even more difficult if you have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and especially […]

Tips for your family’s first Christmas without a loved one

Christmas is just around the corner and many of us will be looking forward to this time of relaxation, indulgence and festive films. However, for some of us, the oncoming festivities serve as a reminder of those loved ones that […]

Stocking Fillers (treats under £20)

(Updated for 2023) By Dr Amanda Gummer Budgets are tighter than normal for many of us this year but that doesn’t prevent us from wanting to see the joy on children’s faces when they see that Santa’s been. Choosing toys [...]

How to keep children with asthma safe at Christmas

As someone with asthma, I know that winter can be one of the most difficult times of the year. The cold weather, decorations that may have collected dust, and even christmas trees can all be triggers for asthmatics. There are […]

Celebrate Bonfire Night Safely with Your Family

Are you looking forward to celebrating Bonfire Night safely with your loved ones? Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, is a time-honored British tradition that brings families and friends together to enjoy dazzling fireworks and the warm glow […]

Save money with the ‘Four Gift Rule’ this Christmas (USA Edition)

We all love seeing the look on our child’s face on Christmas morning when they discover the pile of presents under the tree. But with the ongoing cost of living crisis, many parents are left with less disposable income, so [...]

Unleash Spooky Delights: Halloween Treats for Kids

Welcome to our enchanted kitchen, where we’re about to embark on a delightful culinary adventure filled with treats that will make this Halloween unforgettable for your little ones. From the Ghoulishly Good Gummies to the Creepy Cookies, Eerie Gummy Kabobs, […]

Managing Sibling Rivalry

  Parenting is a rewarding but challenging journey, and, if you have more than one child, a common hurdle is dealing with sibling rivalry. It’s likely that you’ve encountered those moments when your once-adorable little ones turn into fierce competitors, […]

Parents Guide to Buying Sustainable Toys

Toys play an important role in child development and learning. They help children in many ways, from inspiring creativity and imagination to fostering social skills and cognitive development. For a long time, most toys have been made from plastic, but […]

Answering Awkward Questions from your Child

Tips on how to answer those awkward questions that pop up when you least expect it   We’ve all been there, the room is silent and it seems everyone can hear a little voice “Why does………….” (fill in any one […]

Helping Children With Fear and Anxiety

Fear and anxiety are natural human emotions, and often begin to emerge during childhood. Fear is a response to a specific perceived threat, such as a barking dog or a loud thunderstorm. Anxiety on the other hand, involves a more […]

Is it OK to Kiss Your Child on their Lips?

As a child psychologist, I have been asked my view on this issue, and I must admit, my first thoughts are not about the kiss itself, but of despair at the media seemingly never giving parents a break. Why do […]

10 Free Halloween Activities for Children to try at Home

👻 Welcome to our Ghoulish Gala of Free Halloween Delights! 👻 At Dr. Gummer’s Good Play Guide, we understand the joy and magic that Halloween brings to little hearts. The crisp autumn air, the rustle of leaves underfoot, and the […]

5 Simple Ways to Enjoy Eating Out with Children

Engaging in family mealtimes has countless benefits; according to research, “Your child may be 35% less likely to engage in disordered eating, 24% more likely to eat healthier foods and 12% less likely to be overweight.” (1) But taking your […]

What parents need to know about sexting

The children of today are growing up in a world of technology and social media that is very different to the world we grew up in. It is important that as parents, educators and carers, we all understand the pressures […]

Prevent Drowning: Water Safety Tips and Advice

Hopefully, it’s not something you’ve ever experienced or will ever have to. But drowning is the third highest cause of accidental death worldwide, with children considered amongst those at most risk of drowning every summer.   Water safety We all […]

8 Physical Activities for Energetic Toddlers

Toddlers are positively buzzing with energy most of the time! Here are some simple activities to help burn off some of that energy, and also help develop those all-important gross motor skills. Many of these ideas can be done outdoors […]

Is my child too hard on themselves?

While a little self-deprecation never hurt anyone (we Brits are known for it after all!) there are times when some of us can be overly hard on ourselves. Everyone knows a perfectionist – and although it is not an immediate […]

Extracurricular Activities for Child Development

As parents, we all want what’s best for our children. We want them to grow up healthy, happy, and well-rounded individuals. One way to help achieve this is by encouraging them to do extracurricular activities. Plenty of options are available […]

What is Paediatric Occupational Therapy?

The origins of occupational therapy   Occupational therapy dates back to the 1700s when physicians started to challenge the lack of treatment for people who were mentally ill. The introduction of purposeful daily activities to treat patients began, but it […]

How to encourage children to value diversity

Our world is becoming more diverse and accepting, which is a beautiful thing. However, we still have a way to go – how can we encourage children to value diversity as they grow up?   Why is representation important?   […]

How to Help Your Child Make Friends

For many of us, our biggest worry is our little one struggling to make friends or feeling left out. We want them to be able to socialise and form meaningful friendships – after all, human beings thrive on companionship. Sadly […]

Our Parents Guide to Back to School 2023

Just like that, the long summer holidays are almost over and parents everywhere are hoping that their child’s transition from lazy summer days to the term time routine goes as smoothly as possible. But ensuring a seamless transition requires preparation; […]

Is it safe for children to have online friends?

In the digital age, online friendships have become a significant part of our children’s lives. Today’s world can make it hard for children to play outside and make friends that way; we are more concerned about safety and more aware […]

The Benefits of Baby Swimming

Swimming with your baby or toddler can be a daunting thought for many parents. However, there are so many benefits it is worth pushing through the nerves. Whether your baby loves to splash at bath time or your toddler screams […]

The Importance of Health and Nutrition for Kids

Did you know that it is estimated that around 10% of children in their first year of school in England are obese? With childhood obesity becoming a real global concern, the time for parents to lay the groundwork to encourage a fit […]

What’s in a Name? Literacy and Identity through Name Play

From the moment your child is born one of the words they hear more than any other is their own name…   As parents, we are delighted the moment they start to recognise and respond to hearing their name. But […]

How to Improve Your Child’s Social Skills

What are Social Skills? Social skills are the key to connecting with others – speaking and understanding, using words and actions. They help kids make friends, grasp feelings, and do well in groups. In this article, we’ll explore these skills, […]

Prevent the Summer Slide through Playful Learning

Playful ways to keep your child learning through the summer holidays The long summer holidays have brought a break from the structured routines of school, giving children much-needed time to relax and recharge. It can become a time of growth, […]

Learning the Importance of Losing

Congratulations and commiserations to the fantastic, record-breaking England Women’s Team. They may not have won the final, but they have enjoyed huge triumphs in this tournament and reaching the final of the World Cup is in itself a historical achievement. […]

Tips to prepare your child for primary school

Teachers and childcare professionals agree that ‘school ready’ means that children: Are confident and happy to be in school for a number of hours without seeing a parent or carer. Are curious about the world and have a desire to […]

Setting Boundaries For Children

As your child grows, they develop a natural craving for independence, exploring the world around them, and making their own decisions. However, as parents, it is only natural to worry about their ability to make sound choices while avoiding potential […]

Do children have multiple intelligences?

As parents, we strive to provide our children with the best opportunities for growth and development. Dr. Howard Gardner, a renowned psychologist and educator, introduced the theory of multiple intelligences, challenging traditional views of intelligence as a singular concept. Play […]

Engaging Activities for Kids to Enjoy on Their Own

In today’s world, screens seem to be a ubiquitous presence in our children’s lives. From smartphones to tablets to televisions, it can be difficult to tear children away from their electronic devices. However, there are many fun and engaging activities […]

Making Memories through Play

Welcome to our playful guide on creating cherished memories with your child on National Play Day! Engaging in activities together can strengthen your bond, boost creativity, and foster essential life skills. So, let’s dive into a world of joy, laughter, […]

Educational Activities and Play Ideas

Welcome to the exciting world of educational play! As we celebrate National Play Day, we can’t help but share our enthusiasm for the power of play in children’s development. Engaging in playful activities not only brings joy and laughter but […]

Nature-Based Play Ideas

Nature play is not only incredibly fun but also provides numerous benefits for your child’s development. In this guide, we’ll explore various outdoor play ideas that are accessible to everyone, regardless of ability, and are either low cost or completely […]

Unlocking the Benefits of Screen Time

As the summer break commences, parents and guardians are faced with the timeless question of how to keep children entertained during their leisure time. A recent BBC Children’s and Education program has shed light on the debate surrounding screen time, […]

Fun DIY Play Ideas

Are you ready to have some fun with DIY Play Ideas? We firmly believe in the power of play and its profound impact on children’s growth and creativity. As part of National Play Day, we’ve curated a collection of entertaining, […]

Indoor and Outdoor Activities for National Play Day

We believe that play is an essential part of childhood and an opportunity for children to learn, explore, and have a great time. As part of National Play Day, we have gathered a collection of exciting indoor and outdoor activities […]

What’s National Play Day and how to get involved?

Let’s Celebrate National Play Day! We’ve got something exciting to share with you today. It’s all about National Play Day and why it matters for you and your little ones. So, buckle up and let’s dive into the world of […]

Talking to Children About Racism

In a world that still grapples with the effects of racism, it is essential for parents to engage in conversations with their children about this sensitive topic. Sometimes we make the mistake of avoiding difficult topics, believing that our children […]

Engage Children with Fun Science Activities this Summer

  Spark Your Child’s Curiosity with Fun Science Activities this Summer!   The long summer holidays bring a break from the structured routines of school, giving children time to relax and recharge. It can become a time of growth, discovery […]

Discover the Magic of Science: Playful Experiments and Videos for Kids

Science is important not just as a key National Curriculum subject, but also as an area that nurtures a curious mind. Whilst children don’t need to learn in-depth scientific information at this stage, you can help get them gain an […]

Top Bedtime Tips for Parents

While we understand that children need an adequate amount of sleep, particularly when they have a busy school day to get through, how useful is this really to parents? When children are screaming and carrying on a 10 o’clock at […]

How to Reduce the Strain on the NHS: Promoting Health and Wellbeing through Play

Why play could be the silver bullet for the NHS As we peer into the future of the NHS on this milestone birthday, one thing becomes abundantly clear: the role of play in shaping the health and well-being of the […]

How to help your child make friends

For many of us, our biggest worry is our little one struggling to make friends or feeling left out. We want them to be able to socialise and form meaningful friendships – after all, human beings thrive on companionship. Sadly […]

Travelling with kids on Holiday

Travelling with kids doesn’t have to be stressful! Family holidays should be a source of enjoyment and relaxation, a way to make memories and spend some quality time together as a family. Equally, they can often be a source of […]

Reusing Resources for Zero Waste Week

The average person in the UK throws away around 400kg of waste each year, 7 times their bodyweight! Back in the 90’s only 7.5% of this waste was recycled, but thanks to recycling schemes this has increased to 43% in […]

Unleash Your Child’s Imagination: Play Ideas for Summer Holidays

Summer holidays are the perfect blank canvas for your child’s imagination When school’s out for summer, children have a unique opportunity to explore their imagination and creativity. With lots of free time and a break from school routines, the long […]

The Importance of Family Communication through Play

Families that play together, stay together Everyday life is busy and it can be difficult to spend quality time together as a family, but family bonding is important to maintain close relationships. As they get older and want more independence, […]

Nature Deficit Disorder

  Nature deficit disorder is a term coined by author and journalist, Richard Louv, to describe the negative consequences of society becoming disconnected from the natural world. While it is not a medically recognised disorder, it has sparked many discussions […]

The Importance of Face to Face Communication

Being able to tell what people really mean, or if someone is lying, is an important skill to have. But like any skill it needs practice. Dr Amanda Gummer is one of many experts in child development who believe that […]

Why Cycle? Benefits of Learning to Ride a Bike for Children

This year’s bike week theme is ‘cycling for a century’ and marks the 100th annual Bike Week which takes place between the 5th and 11th of June and aims to promote just how good cycling is for your family. Whether […]

Learning through Play: Turn the World into Your Classroom

As parents, we often struggle to make learning engaging and exciting for our children. It can be challenging to compete with all the distractions and entertainment available to them. However, the truth is that learning doesn’t have to be limited […]

Supporting Independent Play: Engaging Toys for Child Development

Independent play is an important part of a child’s development, and it is a skill that needs to be nurtured and developed over time. Although it is important to engage in play sessions with your child, they will also benefit […]

What is Gender Socialisation?

Gender socialisation is the process by which children (and adults) learn their culture’s gender related rules, norms, and expectations. It begins at birth and continues throughout life, as children and adults are exposed to different influences such as family, peers, […]

Boosting Children’s Mental Health Through Play

  Children learn and make sense of the world around them through play. While they are having fun, they are developing their cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills. But play is also key in building your child’s mental health and […]

Conversations about current affairs and politics with Children

In today’s world, children are exposed to politics and current affairs more than ever before. They may see or hear about them on the news, on social media, or at school. As a parent or guardian, it’s important to discuss […]

Supporting Children with Special Needs through Play

Play is incredibly valuable for all children, but having special needs can present barriers which may make it difficult for them to fully enjoy the experience. The needs of little ones vary a lot, so it’s often down to you, […]

Teaching Your Child About Money: A Comprehensive Guide

Teaching children about money management is a vital life skill that empowers them to make sound financial decisions in the future. As parents, it’s our responsibility to equip our children with the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate the world […]

Supporting Children through Exam Stress: Tips for Parents

Exams can be a challenging time for both children and parents, often leading to ‘exam stress’ and anxiety. As a result, your child’s normal sleep pattern may be disrupted, they may feel ill, their appetite can be affected, and they […]

How Mindfulness practices in the classroom can enhance focus and productivity

Chaotic classrooms filled with distracted students, loud noises, and constant interruptions are not uncommon. This can be overwhelming and stressful, both for teachers and students. However, by incorporating mindfulness practices into classrooms, we can create a more peaceful and productive […]

How to give children with dyslexia a confidence boost

From actresses and entrepreneurs, boxers to scientists, and even an Arctic explorer – there are some amazing people out there who didn’t let dyslexia get in the way of being awesome. And neither should your child. Dyslexia can make school […]

Making Friends with ADHD: Parental Support and Practical Solutions

  We all dread the idea that our child might not make friends at school, and end up standing alone at the edge of the playground, or sitting at home while their classmates enjoy birthday parties and play dates. Unfortunately, […]

Developing Communication and Social Skills through Play

Play is a powerful tool. It goes beyond the realms of simply being just about the fun and provides endless possibilities for learning too. Having the ability to communicate with one’s peers and adults within a social setting, is a […]

Smart Toys, Smarter Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Connected Toys

The last few years have seen a huge rise in ‘connected’ toys and while we are seeing firsthand how they can be used to expand play and learning, it is important that we know what they are and how to […]

The Importance of contact with your kids

Benefits of Touch Touch is a fundamental human need, and it is the first of our senses to develop as a child. The importance of skin-to-skin contact after birth is well-documented, as it promotes a deeper connection between parent and […]

Fostering Independent Reading

  Independent reading is the goal for many educators but it can be difficult to foster a love of reading in some children. Reading along is a simple but effective method that educators and parents can use to help improve […]

The Importance of Dolls in Children’s Play

Dolls have been a favourite toy among children for generations and for good reason. Not only are there numerous types of dolls available on the market, but they offer a variety of benefits to children’s play, particularly in the area […]

The Benefits of Toy Vehicles for Children

Toy vehicles have been a beloved part of children’s playtime for generations. From wooden cars to remote control airplanes, these toys offer endless opportunities for creativity, imagination, and development. In this article, we will explore the many benefits of toy […]

Encouraging Outdoor Play: The Benefits for Children’s Development

As parents, it can be easy to focus on academic and dietary needs when it comes to our children’s development. However, we must not overlook the importance of playtime, particularly outdoor play. Playing outdoors has many physical and psychological benefits […]

The Benefits of Playing Board and Card Games

Are Board and Card Games Essential to a Pre-Schoolers’ Development? Board and card games are a fantastic way for pre-schoolers to have fun with their family while developing social skills necessary for becoming “school-ready.” Moreover, games help introduce children to […]

Building a better future, block by block with Magicube

The importance of sustainability is something that we are seeing more frequently becoming part of our everyday lives. But what exactly is sustainability? Putting it simply, it is providing for the needs of our current generation without having a detrimental […]

Teaching Children the Importance of Food and Farming

At a time when many people have become increasingly detached from nature and their food sources, what better time than now to learn and teach our children about the benefits of farming and the value of food?  By educating and […]

10 Mouth-Watering Easter Recipes Your Kids Will Love – Get Creative in the Kitchen!

Easter is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by cooking up some delicious treats with your kids?  Here at Dr. Gummer’s Good Play Guide, we’ve placed our chef hats firmly on our heads to compile […]

Top 20 Days Out for Families in the UK this Summer 2023

The Summer Holiday is here, presenting a fantastic opportunity for families to venture out and discover the wonders of the UK together. If you’re on the lookout for exciting activities and fantastic paid excursions to relish with your loved ones […]

10 Free Easter Activities for Kids to try at Home

Are you looking for some fun and free Easter activities to keep your kids entertained while at home? Look no further! We have compiled a list of 10 exciting Easter activities that will keep your little ones busy and engaged […]

Fun and Free Days Out for Families in the UK this Summer 2023

  The Summer Break is here, providing an ideal opportunity for families to embark on adventures together and make cherished memories. However, we cannot overlook the fact that outings can be financially challenging, particularly during the ongoing cost of living […]

World Book Day: 28 Amazing Costumes You Can Create from Your Wardrobe!

You don’t need to spend a fortune on costumes for your little ones when you can create stunning outfits using items you already have in your wardrobe. In this article, we will share with you 28 World Book Day costume […]

7 Essential Tips for Making Your Home Safe for Children: A Guide for Parents

As parents, we understand that ensuring the safety of your little ones is a top priority! So whether you have a newborn, toddler, or young child, there are several measures you can take to ensure your home is safe for […]

Supporting a Child with Mobility Impairment: Tips for Parents

Mobility impairment affects around six per cent of children in the UK. It can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy, which affects muscle control and movement. If your child has a mobility impairment, you may be wondering how […]

Life Lessons for Kids: Learning from Animals

Animals have always been a source of wonder and fascination for children. From the smallest bug to the biggest elephant, there is so much to learn from these creatures that share our planet. In fact, animals have been teaching us […]

Encouraging Critical Thinking in Children Through Storytelling

As parents, we all know the importance of reading to our children. Not only is it a great way to spend quality time together, but it also has significant developmental benefits for our little ones. But did you know that […]

Maths Apps: The Pros and Cons of Gamified Learning

As the EdTech market continues to grow, with a projected value of over 230 billion U.S. dollars by 2028, it’s no surprise that more and more parents and educators are turning to innovative ways to teach maths, including gamified learning […]

Celebrating Chinese New Year with Kids: Activities and Crafts

Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is the most important celebration in China, lasting 15 days and culminating with the Lantern Festival. This year, the Year of the Dragon will begin on February 10th, and it’s a fantastic […]

Expert Insights on Children’s Mental Health: Understanding and Supporting Young Minds

  As children return to school, it’s being reported that more than ever before are suffering from poor mental health.  Some children may be struggling with issues at home, such as parental conflict or abuse, while others may be dealing […]

Would a child psychologist recommend BeReal for Kids?

There’s an argument that all social media should BE REAL. With the quest to shoot the perfect selfie or present an idyllic lifestyle, at some point in time, we have all been tempted by the urge to ‘delete that and […]

The Importance of Digital Play in a Child’s Development

    “Fish swim, birds fly, children play.” – Dr. Garry Landreth   Play is as natural to children as flight is to birds. It’s their purpose. Play is how children learn about themselves, and others, and make sense of […]

Buying Good Toys for Christmas and how to avoid counterfeit toys

What you will learn: Where to find Good Toys which are safe and beneficial to your child’s development How to identify malicious and fake sites and avoid them.    It’s the holiday season! Even though it’s just October, it’s time […]

How to help your child fall asleep with soft toys

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: The importance of soft toys for developing healthy sleep patterns How Dream Beams soft toys can be used to help children fall asleep easier       From the moment we become parents, we know all [...]

Five ideas for alternative advent calendars

Updated for 2023   One of the most magical things about Christmas is the time leading up to it. It can provide a whole month of excitement and fun and offers an opportunity to spend quality time with friends and [...]

Managing expectations at Christmas during the cost of living crisis

Updated for 2023 Everywhere you turn, the effects of the cost-of-living crisis can be seen. With inflation increasing at an alarming rate, whether in your weekly food shop or the continuing upward trajectory of energy prices, many people are struggling [...]

Baby Bouncers or Rocking Chairs?

What you will learn: The difference between a bouncing chair and a rocking char Which one best suits your child’s needs Although a newborn spends much of their time sleeping, as the weeks go by, they will spend more and […]

How to successfully transition back to school for children with additional needs

For children with additional needs, anxiety about returning to school after the summer break can be overwhelming. Dealing with changes in setting (the school building instead of home) and community (teachers and peers instead of family) are often the most […]

Power of storytelling: Coping and communicating through stories

We all love a good story. From famous wizards and hobbit adventures – to that crime series we couldn’t stop watching! Escapism is a favourite of children and adults alike and there’s a good reason for it.  Storytelling isn’t just […]

Blended families: What to do when your child doesn’t like your partner

Blended families are now commonplace in the United Kingdom and the traditional 2.4 family unit is in some respects, a thing of the past. When a new family is formed that includes children from a previous relationship, this is termed […]

How to keep children entertained when on the go this summer holiday

Article Updated: August 2022 As the summer holidays are here, you may have planned a getaway for the family to enjoy and spend time together. This may not necessarily mean a plane trip abroad, many families this year may be [...]

How to after-school clubs can help vulnerable children

Every child should have the chance to reach their potential, but there’s an education gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children.  Attainment 8 is a way of measuring how well pupils do in key stage 4, which they usually finish when […]

Raising Happy and Healthy Kids: The Significance of Children’s Activities

In a post-pandemic world, social activities have taken on a new significance. These were the things children missed out on the most during lockdown and the impacts of 2 years of intermittent school, cancelled clubs and social isolation will be […]

Keeping Your Child Safe From Dangerous Social Media Challenges

Written by Aaisha Rahim What you will learn: The dangers of social media trends How to keep your child safe online Current dangerous social media trends to be aware of We’ve all heard the news about 12-year-old Archie Battersbee, a […]

How to get newborn to sleep at night

One thing we know about babies is that they don’t sleep for very long. New parents can expect their sleep to be disrupted for quite some time. How long? Well, that depends on your baby.     For most of […]

How to explain gender and identity to a child

What you will learn: How to talk to your child about gender The signs that your child is struggling with their gender identity Toys to help in the discussion     Gender is not always as simple as being categorised [...]

How the Curlimals can help form healthy relationships for kids

Like most social skills, developing the skills to form healthy relationships is something that requires time and patience. It is learnt through observations of others, as well as organically, through interactions with peers. Supporting your child to develop these skills [...]

Heatwave for UK: Summer play ideas to keep cool

With news of a heatwave for the UK just around the corner and forecasters predicting the hottest day ever in the UK, our team have curated a list of fun things to do with Summer here to keep the family […]

Car seat accessories for your baby

More and more of our lives are spent in and around the car. Babies have popped in the car for the journey to the nursery and home again; back again for a short trip to the shops; the long drive […]

Baby Clothes: Essentials and Tips

There are many super clothes around for babies and toddlers and it’s so easy to go overboard and waste your money on something that just sits in the drawer. If you plan a baby’s basic wardrobe carefully, you can still […]

Back to School Advice for Parents

Going back to school after a summer off is exciting but many children also feel a little nervous or anxious at the changes ahead. Whether your child is starting school for the first time, starting a new year with a […]

When can a baby travel by car

  We all know accidents happen and they can be quite frequent when travelling by car. That’s why we take out insurance to pay for any damage and wear seatbelts to protect us. It is also the reason why we […]

The Magic of Imaginative Play: Helping Kids Develop Empathy

What you will learn: The development of empathy and ways to encourage your child to be more empathetic. How the Curlimal family can be used to actively develop the skills associated with empathy Empathy is the ability to understand other [...]

10 Fun and Free Activities to do with your kids this Summer

Summer is finally here! We all want to make the most of our time off with our kids, but the holidays and day trips start to add up pretty quickly… We don’t need to drain our bank accounts to make […]

The benefits of water play

What you will learn: The benefits of water play for social, cognitive and language development for your child How the Waterwall encourages the development of these skills in a fun and interactive way Who doesn’t have fond memories of playing [...]

How to encourage creative play for children

What you will learn: The benefits of encouraging balanced and creative play All about the Naylor Activity Tunnel We all understand the downfalls of too much screen time. Headaches, blurry eyes, foggy brain and trouble sleeping are only a few [...]

Do I need a changing bag?

There are only a few things to consider where changing bags are concerned – will it take everything you need; what does it look like and what can you afford! If you are taking baby to your mum’s while you […]

Pregnancy essentials guide

‘What can I wear’ is the cry of women everywhere. But it becomes a real cry from the heart when you are pregnant. Whether you prefer the latest fashions or are a little more conservative, buying maternity clothes can be […]

Best Outdoor Toys for Kids of all ages – Summer 2022

What you will learn: Our favourite picks from the Good Toy Guide this Summer Fun and educational toys to entertain and support your child's development over the break.  Summer is an exciting time for many people. The days are longer, [...]

Where to shop for your baby

Buyer Beware! Where are you planning to buy the things you need for baby? Many parents-to-be will inevitably look online. So easy to buy what you want with a couple of clicks. But is it the right thing to do?  […]

How to make learning more inclusive for children with SEND

What you will learn: How to make learning more inclusive with the HUE Animation Studio. How HUE Animation Studio encourages inclusive activities in the classroom  Whether you’re a parent wanting to support your child’s education at home, or a teacher [...]

Sustainable living at home with the family

What you will learn: The importance of teaching children about sustainability and being eco-friendly. Products that can help to encourage eco-friendly changes within your household.   It has never been more important to do our bit to combat climate change. […]

How to help your child with anxiety

What you will learn: How to take care of your child's mental health Products that can help to improve your child's mental wellbeing When it comes to taking care of our children’s mental health, it is often difficult to know [...]

The Egg-cellent Easter Gift Guide for Kids 2022

As we hop into Easter, you may be looking for some tips or ideas on what toys to buy for your children that are going to be well made, educational and most importantly, fun. At the Good Play Guide, we [...]

How to help your child become more independent

It is only natural that over the last couple of years, children may have encountered fewer new experiences than you would expect in normal times. As travel has been limited for many of us around the world, they may have [...]

How to start weaning a baby

The time soon comes when baby needs more than just milk. It’s time to introduce solids! There are two main approaches to this, usually described as Baby-led weaning and Parent-led weaning. Which you choose is up to you – and […]

How to handle potty training when out and about

There comes the day when you decide now is the time to potty train your little one. That’s fine when you’re at home but what about when you go out? When little one needs a potty, they need it now! […]

How will exams be different this year and how to prepare for them

Over the last two years, exams have been hugely disrupted, leading to grades based on coursework, projects, and teacher assessments. This means that children have missed out on the experience of taking exams they would have otherwise had, so may [...]

How to talk to your child about Russia invading Ukraine

To say it’s a tricky time to be a parent right now is an understatement. You’ve just made it through a global pandemic, then war breaks out in Ukraine.  So the first thing I want to remind you is to […]

Twelve Easter craft ideas for Children of all ages

Arts and crafts are a great way to keep children entertained over the Easter holidays and they don’t have to cost a lot either. Plus, you’ll be creating some lovely keepsakes you can look back on as your child grows […]

How to keep your child safe while gaming online

Gaming online has increased in popularity during the pandemic and is now more prevalent than ever in a lot of children’s lives. Many games are now focused on building an online community and connecting with other players. This can be […]

Five ways to teach your child coding

A recent article by Mary-Ann Russon at BBC News asked the question, What can we do to get more women into coding?  "We need to teach kids coding with visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning styles,” says Garry Law, founder of [...]

Teaching Your Child About Online Safety: A Guide for Parents

February brings Safer Internet Day and as the world becomes increasingly connected via technology, you may wonder how to make sure your child is safe online.  However, it is just as important for children to understand how privacy keeps them [...]

How to introduce personal hygiene to your child

With germs on the rise over the winter period, it’s important to teach children not just how to follow good hygiene routines to stay healthy but also why these are important.  In this article, we will explore how to talk [...]

Five ways to enjoy nature when you can’t get outdoors

Exploring nature has great benefits for us all. For children in particular, it can provide countless learning opportunities including creative problem solving, perseverance, and communication. Engaging with nature is also one of the best ways to foster positive mental wellbeing [...]

How to Design a Nursery to Support Your Baby’s Development

When it comes to designing your nursery there are so many things to consider. From deciding on an overall theme to picking out the colour palette and finding the perfect cot, you want every detail to be just right when [...]

10 Egg-citing Easter Craft Ideas for Kids and Adults

Talking about the Easter celebration provides a great opportunity to explore different religions and traditions with your child, helping to raise their awareness of and empathy towards others.  It also lets them know that Easter isn’t just about chocolate eggs!  […]

Best soft toys for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Play is one of the most important ways we can help all children to grow, learn, develop and thrive in the world by exploring, experimenting and trying new things.  Through play, children can gain confidence, develop their physical skills as [...]

How to make the most of your first Christmas as a new parent

(Updated for 2023) Merry Christmas, and a happy new… baby! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but for new parents, the stress of planning Christmas dinner, decorating the house, wrapping presents and changing nappies can sometimes be overwhelming. [...]

How to help children with anxiety handle a busy Christmas

Updated for 2023 Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year for some, whilst for others not all is festive and jolly. Christmas can be a rather anxious time for some children and can be particularly overwhelming. Taking into [...]

What to do if your child is being unkind to others

By Aaisha Rahim   We all aim to raise our children as kind and caring individuals so it can be shocking to hear that your child has been sending mean messages, excluding their peers from the group, or perhaps being [...]

Christmas gift ideas for grandparents

By Sarah Welland and Gemma Ballard (Updated for 2023)   What grandparents don’t want to spoil their grandchildren at Christmas? With such a wide selection of toys to choose from both in stores and online, the choice can sometimes be [...]

Tips to support children’s reading skills at home

At the Good Play Guide, we want to celebrate the joy of reading. While every child is different, being able to read and write is something that every child should be able to learn, to best equip them to succeed [...]

Creative ways to boost home learning

September marks the return to school after the holidays, an exciting time where children are meeting new teachers, new classmates and being introduced to a new learning curriculum. However, being faced with lots of unfamiliar and challenging things can also [...]

How to reduce academic pressure

It’s that time of the year again when back to school and Uni freshers season is upon us. Whilst this is an exciting time, it can also be quite a daunting one too. The pressure on children from schools, family, [...]

How to encourage science and nature learning outdoors

Although we can’t always rely on the weather in the UK, at the Good Play Guide, we believe that getting outside in the fresh air and exploring nature is among the most fun and valuable learning experiences children can have. [...]

Five Ways to Check Your Child’s Car Seat is Keeping Them Safe

We all know how important a car seat is for keeping children safe. In the UK, a car seat is a legal requirement for children until they are over 12 years old, or over 135 centimeters tall, whichever comes first.  [...]

Play Ideas for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Whether your child is slaying a dragon, pretending to be a pirate in a paddling pool or building a fort out of the sofa, there are so many ways they can engage in play. For children with special educational needs [...]

How to Choose Toys For a Child Who is DeafBlind

In a world that is increasingly accessible, it is natural that we would expect play opportunities to be inclusive to all children. However, this is not always the case, and we still have a way to go before play activities [...]

A Creative Summer Project to Help Manage Screen Time

Over the last year, I have heard parent after parent say how concerned they are that their child’s screen time has shot up over lockdown. Between distance learning and staying connected with friends, technology really has been a lifesaver during [...]

The Importance of Good Hydration and Nutrition

So why is Hydration so Important? Our bodies depend on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in needs water to work properly: water is important for our general health and wellbeing. A 2018 study {1} of over 3,000 [...]

Helping Your Child Cope With The Loss of a Parent

A grieving child can be likened to jumping in and out of puddles. While they are in the ‘grief puddle’ they might feel sad and upset, however, it might not be long before they jump straight out of the puddle [...]

How Playing With Your Grandchildren Keeps Your Mind Active

As we get older, it is only natural that we play less than we did as children. One of the reasons play is so important for children is the learning and developmental benefits they get from it. For example, mastering […]

How to encourage learning through open-ended construction play

One of the best ways that children learn is through play, particularly the open-ended kind that allows them to be creative and interact in different ways. Your child may pick up a simple looking set of blocks or shapes, and [...]

Should I Get a Dog For My Child?

There are all sorts of reasons you might be considering bringing a furry friend into your family such as getting everyone more active, teaching your children responsibility, or giving your child some extra companionship. A dog can be particularly good [...]

Building maths skills through play for children aged 7+

Maths is not every child’s favourite subject (I know it wasn’t mine at school!) and as a result, you might face some resistance when encouraging your child to practice their maths skills. This is because it is often presented in [...]

How to Help Your Nine-Year-old Enjoy STEM Learning

One way to get children excited about any subject is through play. Playing is enjoyable and free from the pressures of formal learning, where the need to get the answer “right” may knock the confidence of some children. Older children [...]

Three Fun and Educational Science Toys for Six Year-Olds

Many parents are worried about helping their children catch up after school closures. At the Good Play Guide we feel that play is the most important way we can do this. Children have had enough stress for the time being!  [...]

10 ways to make reading fun
for you and your child

World Book Day is fast approaching and whilst this year children will not be heading into school dressed as their favourite literary character, instead showing them off virtually, it remains a great opportunity to encourage children to engage with books [...]

How to Teach STEAM to Children in Fun and Exciting Ways

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Maths. The “Art” part of STEAM is there because the other subjects benefit from creativity. For example, innovative design in engineering or planning experiments in science.  Playing is a great way to [...]

Home Learning Heroes

8 favourite toys, for learning from home... By Dr Amanda Gummer With the UK back into another National Lockdown and schools closed once more for the next few weeks, parents everywhere will no doubt feel deflated by the prospect of [...]

What are Schemas in Children’s Play?

Have you noticed that your children repeat the same actions over and over again when they are playing? Why do they do this and what are they learning from these repeated actions? Let’s take a look at schemas and discuss [...]

Alternative presents this Christmas!

By Dr Amanda Gummer If the thought of more toys in the play room fills you with dread or you are wanting to find something a little different that will last past Christmas day, you may like to take a [...]

Good Play Guide hailed an ‘absolute saviour’ this Christmas

Dr. Gummer’s Good Toys hailed an ‘absolute saviour’ this Christmas by TV presenter and author, Anna Williamson. The Good Play Guide, founded by play expert Dr. Gummer and known for cutting through a world of fake reviews and questionable ratings, [...]

Development through Play: 9 to 12 Year Olds

What to expect in your Child's Development between the ages of 9 to 12 This is a time for a whole new set of worries for us as parents, as friends become more influential, children want to be independent, and [...]

Helping children with dyslexia: Improving visual sequential memory

In this series from VisionWorks by Sarah Evans, we are exploring the visual difficulties often experienced by children with dyslexia. This time, we are looking at visual sequential memory and how to help your child develop this skill.   Visual [...]

How can a smart speaker help my child in school?

When they’d just started growing in popularity, I bought my first smart speaker. To be honest it was out of curiosity more than anything; I didn’t really see what I’d need it for. Fast forward a couple of years and [...]

16 Fun ways to make the most of LEGO

Most of us have some LEGO around the house – perhaps a massive box filled with bricks, or trailed across the carpet just waiting to be painfully stepped on. LEGO is filled with possibilities, but here are a few new [...]

Development through Play: 5 to 8 Year Olds

What to expect in your Child's Development between the ages of 5 to 8 As children start ‘big school’, they will start to master new skills like reading and writing. They will also get better at problem solving and friends [...]