Youthful Games Making Comeback

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The way babies and toddlers develop has changed little over the years.  Inf act there isn't a grat deal that can change apart from the speed with thich babies graduate from blobby gurgling little lumps in a pram or cot and now seem to be expected to sit up and converse with the world at 6 months!  I have connections with a relatively small number of children on a regular basis....
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Old Familiar Sharing Games Replacing Choc-Fest

I have spent a gloriously happy easter weekend away from home staying with relatives.  There were no children around and although it was busy, it did seem to be missing this essential element.  We made up for it though, happily joking and playing around as grown up kiddies might!  The amount of chocolate scoffed was much less than in the day when my siblings and I managed to ea...
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Getting The Right Toy Or Game Needs Careful Thought

Oh how playing games can be the most wonderful way of spending any spare time.  Of course, as a child, there is no need for spare time.  A child has to go to nursery, so play time is essential in their daily routine.  Not necessarily to just make the child happy, but to help development and to bring a touch of social awareness into their lives.   For some children, life at home...
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Old Fashioned Toys Can Be Made Gender Neutral

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There is a young neice in my extended family - and much fun is being had by all of us older folk who no longer have kiddies around to buy any presents or toys for.  We have just had Christmas and of course, there were piles of presents to be shared around the gaggle of relatives.  Needless to say, the largest pile by miles was for the smallest member.  Many different kinds of t...
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Without The Bails – It Just Isn’t Cricket

Oh the joys of playing with proper toys when you get the chance!  There are some great kids that live in my neighbourhood - all ages from late teens down to the tiny tots.  Most of the time I don't see them at all - they get ferried to and from school in the family taxi, scurrying in from car to house.  Weekends are much the same, not very much evidence of childhood existence. ...
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Lack Of WiFi Created Game & Playtime Heaven

Having just returned from a family jauant down to the wet country, where we were housed in two small cottages with walls ten inches thick and low rooflines, it was momentarily fab to get back to normal communiations and use of phones.  Although the holiday was tremendous fun, there were times when one of our number needed daily business dealings. But all was not lost - in th...
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Playtime Takes Changeable Weather In It’s Stride

Wooh, well the change in the summer weather in this very tiny part of the world is quite astonishing.  We sailed through August with absolute amazement.  There was one small calm patch at the beginning, a little bit chilly but on the whole reliably warm once the overnight mists or rain had cleared.  This happy situation only lasted the first week or ten days, then back to the m...
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All Pals Together For Board Games Heaven

The need to keep on top of the games and toy buying in this household has never been greater.  There is an incessant move towards all things  electronic.  Grandchildren have now swapped the books and card games of our youth - they seem perfectly at east just plugging in their earphones and playing a tactical game on the tablet, or in fact reading a book on there.    They are le...
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Toy Emporium Knocks Pre Loved Stumps For Six

Making sure the summer months off school are happy, incident free, expenditure free and full of child happiness is possibly one of the most oft desires amongst mums, grans and childminders.  There is a definite need for children to get out there and explore during their play times.  In a recent waltz down my local high street, I ventured to each of the charity shops to see what...
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Toy Shop Drives Endless Beetle Based Fun

Oh the simple pleasures of a beetle drive - this was on the entertainment agenda of our local gathering of worthy females in the village here.   This is such a great sight - groups of usually serious ladies sat round a table, pencil and paper in front of them with a die in a cup, and the essential prize at hand.  The beetle drive commences.  As with all games, various rules pre...
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