National Coding Week takes
place every September, and it isn’t only for computer geeks. Coding is simply
another way of saying ‘programming or developing’ and at Learning Resources we
know that children as young as four can grasp complex coding concepts. Experts
recommend that as with learning a new language, the earlier children start, the
better. In other words, there’s no better time to begin than today.
Not every child who learns to code will go on to become a
software engineer, but don’t let that stop you from introducing your little
learner to coding because the benefits go far beyond the obvious. Education
experts note that a major benefit kids gain through learning to code is how to
break a big task into smaller, more manageable steps – a vital skill for school
life and beyond.read more
kids doesn’t have to empty your wallet. There’s a lot families can do that
doesn’t cost a thing. All it takes is some imagination to find free things to
do with kids. (PS. They can be fun for grown-ups, too!)
Whether it’s the weekend, a long school holiday, or a quick half-term break, keeping kids occupied can prove expensive. The good news is there’s lots families can do that won’t break the bank. We’ve lined up some of our favourite free things to do with kids to keep them busy, whatever the weather.read more
We know that there are plenty of parents, teachers and caregivers out in the Twitterverse, willing to share their valuable wisdom. Therefore we were really looking forward to seeing what tips would come out of the BritMums Twitter Party that we recently sponsored, especially because the topic focused on entertaining children while travelling; a tricky challenge faced by so many of us!
Read more to find out the Top Travel Tips for Entertaining your children!read more
Outdoor play is such an important part of childhood and one that is often overlooked. Children are naturally drawn to being outside but the amount of outdoor play that children get is declining year on year. My own children are 6 and 3 years old, they love spending time outdoors. When I’m not in a tent, at the beach or exploring the woods, you’ll find me sharing our adventures and ideas for outdoor play on my blog, The Ladybirds’ Adventures. First let me tell you some of the many benefits of outdoor play so that you understand why you should be getting your kids outside.
helps increase physical fitness and reduces levels of childhood obesity
Playing outside gives children the space and
freedom to run, climb, jump and much more. All of these are fantastic gross
motor activities which are so important for kids’ development. Physical
activity also helps reduce childhood obesity, although other factors such as
diet can also contribute.read more
We’ve been writing a lot about the Moon for the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, such as the Apollo Moon Landing guide and Space Facts for Kids, and if the little astronauts in your life are planning their own mission to space, but they’re not sure what to do when they get there, perhaps they’ll take some inspiration from the Apollo astronauts?
We’ve put together this guide to
what the Apollo astronauts did on the Moon. Whether your kids are at home or
in the classroom, they can learn about why we went to the Moon, what we did
there, and take inspiration to plan their own super mission to space!read more
Getting children outdoors is more important than ever. A
study ran by the National Trust
found that children spend half as much time playing outside as their parents
did when they were younger.
Getting outside helps children to build
confidence as they play, whether it be through imaginative play in the back
garden, or interacting with other kids in the park.
Nature provides different stimulation compared
to the technology kids play with today because it activates their senses. You
can hear, see, smell and touch so many different things in nature, things that
kids can never experience through a screen.
Children get more exercise because they are
moving about and running rather than sitting inside on the sofa. Exercise and
fresh air can really improve your child’s mind and mood, it encourages them to
focus and use their initiative.
It reduces stress and tiredness – technology,
screens and school work can really tire children out, and cause them to feel
stressed. Getting them outside, or on a camping trip will give them a chance to
relax, destress, and find their energy again.
Outdoor Camping ideas to keep your kids busy
Dig a hole
Simple yet effective! Children love digging and playing with
mud, especially the younger ones. Bring some buckets, spades and shovels and
watch them dig away. You could even bring some toy trucks for them to load mud,
leaves and stones into for a bit of imaginary play. read more