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How traditional play can help build family bonds

Grandparents’ time with children is precious…it is a fundamental bond that must be built within relatively short periods of time, crammed into the hectic schedules of everyday life. Often we don’t create enough space for it.

But making that time fun, imaginative, memorable, tailored to the children…all of this can help bring maximum rewards. That’s where traditional play ideas really have value. And that idea of families coming together was, without doubt, part of our ethos in creating Gotrovo.

Sibling Rivalry Headaches and Top Games to Avoid Them

Fed up of playing referee at home? Get your kids playing happily together with the classics. We’ve done a test of the best games that get kids actually playing together…and our conclusion: the golden oldies are the best!

Read on for our exploration of why siblings arguments are actually important for development…but never fear, we include ideas for games that help for when you’ve had ENUFFFF!

Brilliant Boredom-Busters for Holidays and Rainy Days!

When the tiredness kicks in, so does boredom, and that’s usually when the arguments start. I can turn on the T.V., but I often find that this just leads to as many arguments about WHAT we watch.

So what can we do instead? Simple…create a “bored box” – the key is what’s inside. Answer: lots of little bits of folded paper with ideas for what to do. And everyone gets a turn to pick! Whether it’s making a camp, having a pillow fight, or baking, everyone gets to have fun and re-energise.

Hooray for Lego! Learning through play is the best!

Fed up of the increasing pressure on school children? Join our debate on learning through play. Simply put, it says children learn best through play, and continue to do so up to the age of 8.

There are many varied opportunities to learn in this way. And learning through play reduces the negative risks of children being put off learning by adopting a formal approach to education too young.

Fun Craft Ideas: Make a Personalised Letter Box

Figuring out what to do with your kids when you’re at home for a day can be tricky. But if you’re stuck for inspiration, here’s our latest offering: a personalised post box. Surprisingly easy and quick (even for me!).

Once you’ve made your post box, it’s a great portable toy to take along to playgroups or friends’ houses. You can encourage others to post letters and your little person to deliver them. It’s also great fun to set your toddler up on a little trike or similar, and have them play delivery man.