I have had the great pleasure this week of receiving a copy of a new book by Julia Deering called The Playful Parent. If you haven’t heard of it yet I am sure you soon will.
The Playful Parent is a fantastic book full of ideas around play for the under 5′s. It is packed with inspiration for engaging children with playful chores and encouraging then to play whilst you do chores. It has sanity saving ideas, crafting ideas, guidance and advice around setting up play quickly and lots, lots more.
My favourite bits of the book were the ‘invitations to play’ Julia shares. She makes an important point that children find play invitations everywhere such as in a puddle, in their food! on spotting a worm in the ground and we should embrace this natural playfulness. Ideas for invitations to play may include putting a box of dress up clothes beside a full length mirror, a few books in a basket on the floor, tidy shelves and open boxes of themed toys. Sounds inviting and easy to access doesn’t it!
With the school holidays fast approaching this book has given me lots of inspired ideas.
Julia Deering was a primary school teacher, she is a prolific parenting blogger and journalist and a play session leader at the Geffrye museum. She clearly knows her stuff. I would really recommend this book.
Would you like to win a copy?
In order to win a copy of The Playful Parent you simply need to tell me in comments below you favourite way to play with your child?
If you go and follow Julia on twitter too and let me know in a separate comment that you have I will let you enter twice! Her twitter handle is @DeeringJulia
A winner will be picked at random from the comments left on 27/6 at midnight.
T&C …..Over 18s and UK residents only please
Good luck & keep playful!