Entries by Piptree

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What is STEAM Learning?

STEAM holistic learning STEAM learning is a holistic approach to educating young minds. It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. As technology advances, more and more jobs are becoming automated. People now view the arts and creativity as skills that are valuable. Children are now encouraged to embrace their creativity and to […]

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What is Pretend Play and Why is it so Important?

Benefits of Pretend Play Pretend play is a great tool for young children to learn valuable life-skills while exploring their imagination. Both pretend and physical play work together to train and develop your child’s fine motor skills. Pretend play has many benefits including: Enhanced language development Creativity Social skill development Planning and organisation Independence Social […]

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How Physically Active should Your Child be?

Physical Play Regular physical activity is recommended for both adults and children to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is especially important for young children between the age of 0 – 5, as the first 5 years are the most crucial for growth and development. Starting physical activity young can build a good habit that will […]

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Is our Dependence on Technology Impacting our Children?

Technology and social interaction skills Reliance on technology to entertain your child is increasingly common amongst new parents and young children today. It is easy to distract them using online child-centred entertainment, but over-dependence on technology can have lifelong impacts on your child. A study conducted by members of The University of Arkansas found that […]

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Introduction to Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? Webster’s dictionary defines it as the quality or state of being mindful; the practice of maintaining a non-judgemental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis. While a good explanation, this definition doesn’t capture the true essence of what we believe mindfulness is, especially […]

Delivering Play-Based Learning Through Educational Toys

Children are Natural Learners By nature, children are curious about cause and effect; this interest in ‘how the world works’ can be observed from day 1. As they go through the process of growing up, children are constantly analysing and drawing conclusions based on their experiences. “Babies and children are like little scientists. They gather […]