Making Time for Play – Louise’s November update

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Craft activities have been really popular with both parents and children over the last few weeks. We’ve been leaf printing, collage, made paper hedgehogs, trees using handprints and fireworks pictures, as well as the usual messy play, freeplay and Bookbug sessions.

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I’ve had a lot of Mums and a couple of Dads tell me that never mind the children – they are loving the opportunity themselves to get messy with some craft activities. I have also observed that the children seem to appreciate that when doing crafts, their parents sit still for long enough that they can cuddle in and work together.

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We’ve also had some really positive breakthroughs over the last few weeks. When making handprint trees a few of the children were really unhappy about getting paint on their hands. With gentle persuasion from parents most of them overcame their fear and made fab pictures.

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This was a good opportunity to chat about how we can help build children’s resilience. It’s really good to see the children’s sharing and negotiating skills developing and children playing together happily.

Louise Gibson, CALA Play Practice Advisor