Elaine Scougal, SEN parent/blogger, Dundee
Georgina Durrant has created a simple and adaptable resource that highlights the value of play and the array of skills that can be developed within it. With activities for inside and out, there's something to suit everyone, whatever the weather!
Sue Atkins BBC, Disney and ITV ‘This Morning’ Parenting Expert & Author of ‘ The Can Do Kid’s Journal: Discover your Confidence Superpower!’
It's been so tough for children during the pandemic, not being able to see friends & just play with them. But playing is also key to building thriving brains, bodies, and social bonds?all important in today's world. Research shows play can improve children's abilities to plan, organise, get along with others, and regulate emotions. Play also helps with language, maths and social skills, and even helps children cope with stress. So, I can't recommend Georgina Durrant's '100 Ways Your Child Can Learn Through Play' highly enough. It's bursting with fun activities to do in the garden, on a walk, sitting still or on a rainy day. Your kids will love it & you'll be taking care of their mental health at this difficult time too while having LOADS of fun!
Rob Delaney, BAFTA winning co-creator and star of Channel 4’s Catastrophe
This book is a genuinely wonderful resource. Parenting is a daunting task for anyone, particularly if you have a child with special educational needs. Georgina Durrant, through her years as a teacher (and mum!), has developed a wide assortment of activities to engage your child in ways that are rewarding and effective and above all, FUN. Use this book!
Carol Vorderman MBE, Broadcaster and Educator
As a parent of a SEN child, I've known how wonderful it can be but also how much help we need ... this book is fun, interactive AND educational - great reading for parents like us!
Hayley Newman, Blogger and speaker at Downs Side Up
At last, a timely and relevant life-saver of a book by someone who 'gets it'! 100 Ways Your Child Can Learn Through Play contains enriching activities to appeal to every child and busy parent, regardless of need. Not only are they cheap and simple for busy parents to incorporate into their daily routines, but the focus is very much on fun which for me is the best way to connect with my girls, particularly during these difficult times.
Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Expert
What an utterly fantastic book this is! Practical ideas for play which feel very manageable even if play doesn't come naturally to you or you don't have access to endless space or resources. As soon as I started reading I couldn't wait to start playing.
Sue Cowley, early years teacher and author of over 30 books on teaching/parenting, including "Learning Behaviours: A Practical Guide to Self-Regulation in the Early Years"
100 Ways your Child Can Learn Through Play is packed full of simple ideas that will inspire you to play more creatively with your child. I particularly liked the way that Georgina Durrant used resources that most parents and carers will already have to hand, making the book eco-friendly as well as money saving! Reading the book evoked memories of my own childhood play - the idea of getting your child away from a screen and into nature is sure to appeal to modern day parents. Although the book is aimed at parents of children with special needs, in fact the ideas would work well for all children.