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Christmas tips for children with a hearing impairment

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 period more difficult, [...]

Five ideas for alternative advent calendars

One of the most magic things about Christmas is the time leading up to it. It can provide a whole month of magic and fun, spending quality time with friends and family and getting into the festive spirit.  There is [...]

Christmas gift ideas for grandparents

By Sarah Welland With a wide range of different toys available in the run up to Christmas, it is easy to feel overwhelmed when trying to choose the perfect gift for grandchildren.  At the Good Play Guide, we believe in [...]

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

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 how children learn [...]

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.  [...]

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

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 going somewhere in the [...]

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

The 14th – 21st June is nutrition and hydration week We would like to raise awareness of the week and have a little fun along the way!  Wednesday 16th is the ‘Global Tea Party’ and we’d love you to join [...]

How to Help 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

“We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” - George Bernard Shaw   As we get older, it is only natural that we play less than we did as children. One of the [...]

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