Mik Underwood

Mik Underwood

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Healthy eating: children think their peers eat more unhealthy snacks than they actually do – changing this perception can lead to better diets Rachel Povey, Staffordshire University; Robert Dempsey, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Sian Calvert, University of Nottingham Obesity is a…

Playdough Wonders

Playdough is a fabulous material to help children's sensory development. And as a sensory activity, playdough can help children manage their feelings. It’s very soothing to just play with the dough and squidge it around. Making things is a distracting activity that can have a calming effect. And sometimes, pummeling the dough can help to get those strong feelings out.

Movement Play

Movement play is about enjoying our physical existence in the world. It has benefits in terms of health and fitness, and is an important factor in brain development, but also has implications for emotional health.

Messy Play

Messy play can help your child to learn about the world, it can have a soothing effect, and it is great fun. In this article, we’ll show you how to set up messy play without it getting out of control.

Make-Believe Play

Like all kinds of play, make-believe play is important for development. Through it, your child can learn social and emotional skills, language and thinking skills. Make-believe play allows your child to explore characters, emotions and roles, in a safe way. They can use make-believe to make sense of their world, processing difficult emotions and learning about themselves and others. At challenging times it really comes into its own.

Three Ways To Play

I am sure you’ve read those articles about the different types of play. Sixteen types of play. Twelve types of play. Pick a number. Well, I’ll make it simple for you. Three. That’s all you need. Three types of play to help your child develop, and become the boss of their feelings.