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What are Open Ended Toys?

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May13
Children have imaginations and an intrinsic driving force to play. Open ended toys are exactly that – open to interpretation, direction and have no set intention for use. I will caveat this post by saying that toys, especially an abundance of toys, are not essential. Simply providing children with access

How to make a Rainbow Finger Labyrinth

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May04
Guest Blog Post by Melinda from Deer and Fawns. Made by tracing our Rainbow breathing printable available in our free 5 day mindfulness challenge. Materials -Air Dry Clay (A whole 500g block for the one pictured. More for a thicker labyrinth)-Rolling Pin-Baking paper-Water-Rainbow Labyrinth template-Small tumbled gems-Paint & varnish (optional)-Knife Method Lay out

Plan, Create and Build an Outside Play Kitchen

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Apr28
Stuck for something to do while in isolation? Do you want to promote engrossed play?  Do you want to foster learning?  Do you want your children to connect with nature instead of the internet?  Or are you a teacher wanting to get your teeth stuck in to something when you return

How to Encourage Independent Play

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Apr22
There are many factors that contribute to a child’s ability to play independently. This is something that is important for the child as much as it is important for the parent. Play is a child’s opportunity to process their experiences and It is how they communicate, process, rationalise, problem solve

5 Top Ways to Encourage Mindfulness at Home

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Apr16
The aim of mindfulness isn’t to rid our lives of feelings all together. Nor is the aim of mindfulness to be present 100% of the time. Instead, mindfulness gives us the space of mind to allow these feelings in when they present themselves, to sit with and hold them and

How Does Mindfulness Help?

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Apr08
Mindfulness and talk about being present has been popularised everywhere. As a counsellor I strongly advocate for mindfulness-based practices – but what does this actually mean for parents seeking to infuse this in amongst daily realities. As I write this blog post, we are in the midst of the coronavirus

Talk to children about COVID-19 (or anything else!)

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Mar16
The current COVID-19 pandemic is impacting families worldwide. As our children are exposed to news, media and they overhear conversations at home or school, it is important to acknowledge their experience and offer support. It can be difficult to know how to approach the issue. Here are some tips for

5 Play Therapy Themes + Nurturing Play at Home

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Feb19
There is an ever-emerging amount of evidence that demonstrates that play is the default language of children. It is how they communicate, process, rationalise, problem solve and make sense of their internal worlds. As an adult, we may talk to a friend, family member or perhaps a counsellor or psychologist,

Why we should infuse mindfulness into our lives

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Feb01
We are neurologically wired to look for threats. This response is activated outside of our consciousness and you may have heard it referred to as the ‘fight, flight, freeze’ response. We live in a world where we largely live unconsciously. We have constant stimulation, phone notifications and access to information

The Foundations for Intention Setting

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Jan19
The welcoming of a new year sees many set resolutions for change. For some this may include goals that focus on the extrinsic – the attainment of material possessions, career progression or perhaps some measure of wealth. If you are new to the idea of intention setting, I encourage you

What are Open Ended Toys?

Children have imaginations and an intrinsic driving force to play. Open ended toys are exactly that – open to interpretation, direction and have no set intention for use. I will

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How Does Mindfulness Help?

Mindfulness and talk about being present has been popularised everywhere. As a counsellor I strongly advocate for mindfulness-based practices – but what does this actually mean for parents seeking to

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