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How to choose the right doll for your child

Dolls are a lovely way of encouraging your child to play freely and imaginatively, but did you know that it is important to provide a doll that meets the needs of their particular stage of development? Babies use dolls for comfort. The dolls need to be small and light, soft and cuddly, tactile and interesting, and safe for them to chew and suck on. Research has shown that both boys and girls naturally gravi ...

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How to turn your garden into an adventure playground for your cat!

Are you bored of the plain square of grass that is your garden? Well just think how bored your cat must be! This spring, spend a little time getting creative in your garden to make it a fun environment for your cat. If cats get enough enjoyment from their own garden they are less likely to stray into neighbouring gardens.  Turn your garden into an adventure playground for your cat! Here’s how: 1) Create mul ...

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How to get kids to engage with nature at home and in the garden

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, believes children need to gets hands on with nature and that your very own back garden is the perfect place for it. In between rushing children out to school and organising extra-curricular activities, finding time to get children engaged with nature can feel like a challenge. Though we may think our children prefer to be attached to their screens, it ...

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How to teach children to be eco-friendly through play

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, discusses how children can learn to love and care for the world around them through play. Our world is changing and looking after our natural environment is more important than ever before. From recycling things that we use in on a daily basis to planting trees and shrubs, there are plenty of fun ways that we can help our children to learn to take care ...

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How to boost children’s problem solving skills

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, talks spatial play, problem solving and traditional toys. You might be thinking that rotating tetris blocks on the iPad and navigating Minecraft are the best ways for our children to practise their problem solving skills, but new research has revealed that traditional methods can work wonders. Playing with old fashioned toys such as jigsaw puzzles and ...

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Let’s get our children cooking!

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, knows that healthy eating is important and wants to make sure our children do too. We’re always trying to do the best for our children: making sure they get enough exercise, have plenty of time to play outdoors and eat a healthy, balanced diet.  The only problem is that recent research from Wholegrain Goodness has shown that three out of every ten chil ...

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How to encourage language development in young children

Sam Flatman, an Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, has four fun games that can help to boost your little one’s language and communication skills. Your child’s language development starts with the first sounds that they make as babies, progresses to learning their first words as toddlers and eventually stringing together more complex patterns and sentences. Children all naturally develop at different ...

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Why children should play with their fruit and veg

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, says that parents should let their children get hands on and creative with their fruit and vegetables. We’re always taught that it’s not nice to play with our food but new research suggests that maybe we should. It turns out that squishing that banana and snapping those green beans could encourage children to eat their greens. The study, which was base ...

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Five fun science experiments for children

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, believes that science can be fun and that experimenting is essential to learning. Children often have a love-hate relationship with science. Children adore experimenting with new ideas and seeing science come to life, so getting hands on is a great way to tackle challenging concepts. Science doesn’t have to be confined to the classroom; there are plent ...

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5 awesome outdoor art projects for children

Sam Flatman, Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport, talks about how combining art and the outdoors can be fun for everyone. Children love art projects but all the mess that comes as part of the fun can be hard work for mums and dads. The solution? Take art outdoors; the garden is the perfect place for children to make a little bit of mess while they get hands on with nature, experimenting with different ...

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