5th Skill of Christmas: Play
How can parents encourage their child to ‘learn through play’ this Christmas?
Children are generally much more capable than we give them credit for and learning through play is so important. Participating in activities with them is satisfying, educational and children love the time and attention spent with them. The trick is to put yourself on the same level as the child you’re playing with and to give them your undivided attention.
What is your favourite game to play with the family over Christmas?
My children are aged from 27 to 34, so fierce games of Monopoly, Scrabble and Bananagrams tend to take centre stage!
Which Kings Tutors Club course would you choose this Christmas?
GCSE Physics. Sadly, I didn’t concentrate enough on this subject at school as my lack of confidence in all science subjects precluded me from believing I could succeed in this area. With the wisdom of time, I now appreciate how important Physics is and how many things, such as the design of toys, involve physics.
Which are your Top 3 Trotters gifts for encouraging play this Christmas?
I am a great fan of arts and crafts, as is Frankie, my 20 month old granddaughter. We both love the Djeco Play Dough Activity Pack. Modelling dough is not only satisfying but also therapeutic and we get hours of fun with this. It’s brilliant for keeping active little (and big!) ones calm for quite a while.
Our wooden Bernie The Ride On Bus is also a firm favourite. Made from sustainable wood, it ensures a smooth ride and turns in all directions. Its removable seat means little ones can store all their favourite treasures inside and take them with them wherever the bus ride takes them.
Harry sits on one of my kitchen chairs and enjoys cuddles from children and adults of all ages. He likewise doubles up as a very soft, very comfortable pillow!