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Tuesday, 7 Dec 2021
Category: Sports & Recreation

Move it and groove it!

Using movement to practise rhyme, rhythm and maths Playground and ball games are not just great for your child’s physical development – they can help develop their awareness of rhyme, rhythm, counting and fractions at the same time. Here are some ideas to get you started: clapping and skipping games are great for rhyme and […]

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Encouraging STEM in littlies – it’s easy!

Babies and little children are natural explorers. You can help your little one to develop a life-long love of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) simply by encouraging their curiosity and having fun together investigating the world around you.  Find out more. What is STEM? STEM stands for ‘Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics’ – four […]

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Why kids need risk, fear and excitement in play

“Be careful!” “Not so high!” “Stop that!” Concerned parents can often be heard urging safety when children are at play. Recent research suggests this may be over-protective and that kids need more opportunities for risky play outdoors. Risky play is thrilling and exciting play where children test their boundaries and flirt with uncertainty. They climb trees, build forts, roam […]

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Kickstart Your Kid’s Brain

If your morning routine is anything like my family’s, it’s all you can manage to get everyone dressed, fed, and ready on time (we won’t even mention the endless fights over bathroom time). So the idea of fitting in exercise before school seems a bit farfetched. But it’s actually a lot easier than it sounds—at […]

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The Benefits of Yoga for Kids

By practicing yoga poses, children can learn how to exercise, develop confidence, and concentrate better. Yoga (meaning union or yoke) is the practice of accessing and integrating all aspects of our true nature — body, mind, and spirit — in the pursuit of inner harmony, says Alexandra De Collibus, a yoga teacher and founder of Sweet Pea Yoga, […]

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Teach Your Child to Love a Sport

It didn’t take long for my son to find his bliss. At 2, Eric loved taking swimming classes. By 3, when I gave him the choice of going to the pool or playing at the park the water always won. By his fourth birthday he could swim basic freestyle and rudimentary butterfly. Eric is 8 now and […]

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Physical activity and exercise for children

Physical activity is natural and essential for the healthy growth and development of babies and children. It’s good for their bodies and their minds. Physical activity is natural and essential for the healthy growth and development of babies and children. It’s good for their bodies and their minds. Physical activity and exercise for children is […]

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Let them play! Kids need freedom from play restrictions to develop

You may have heard of play. It’s that thing children do – the diverse range of unstructured, spontaneous activities and behaviours. Children play in many ways, including by exploring movements, constructing with equipment, creating games, using imagination and chasing others around a playground. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child recognises play as every child’s basic right. […]

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Teenagers who play sport after school are only 7 minutes more active per day than those who don’t

Teenagers who play organised sport only get seven minutes more physical activity per day, on average, than teenagers who don’t play any sport. Our research, published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, found organised sport contributes to just 4% of teenagers’ daily physical activity levels. There are several possible explanations for this. Teenagers […]

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