New activity guides for children an inspiration for parents
25 October 2019
Leading parenting website, raisingchildren.net.au has launched 20 new free activity guides to give parents inspiration for low cost activities for indoor and outdoor play with children.
The site is a partnership between The Parenting Research Centre, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Its new activity guides go beyond just listing ideas. Instead, they include useful information on the why, what and how of each activity.
Activity guides – the why, what and how
They explain why the activity is good for children, what is needed for the activity and how to do the activity. In addition, they show how to adapt the activity to various age groups. The guides are suitable for parents looking for activities that suit babies and children’s development up to age six.
“Play is so important for children as it builds connections in the brain,” said raisingchildren.net.au Executive Director Associate Professor Julie Green.
“We can liken it this to ‘fireworks’ going off in the brain and this enables children to develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally.”
Creative new play ideas
“Children will play differently as they grow. We hope the guides give parents and professionals working with parents some creative new ways to stimulate children’s play.”
The guides give parents a step-by-step approach to play ideas such as: a listening walk; exploring emotions with puppets; a treasure hunt ; using colour and texture in a collage; building and decorating cubby houses; creative fun with playdough; stacking and building games and more.