Play newsletters are great resources for parents who are looking to make the most of playtime especially if you want to be creative, open-ended and seasonal.
If you check into your favourite play based websites you’ll not be surprised to find that they have a newsletter sign up box. Here you can enter your email address and name and then receive play activities through your email.
With more of us on the move we are using our smartphones to keep us informed and they have become our virtual office and diary.
3 reasons I enjoy newsletters
I can use them from any mobile device. I can find that “Standing in line” activity while I’m going to the Bank.
Nothing is more frustrating than remembering part of an activity and being away from the source. You fancy that activity you read at home in your magazine, mostly you can now access them online but many of the books you can’t. We have sometimes snatches of time when you can think of an activity but don’t remember everything or want to recommend it to a friend. I like that I can take my smartphone and find an activity without having to wade through just using a keyword search.
I can find a suitable activity for a seasonal project
Children love doing seasonal projects but many parents feel stumped on what to do. We can think of a few things but wish we knew something else to do. Newsletters often have a seasonal approach and offer many ideas. Another thing newsletters often do is offer a project based idea. Instead of individual play activities the activities leave ample opportunity for the child or carer to go further in their own way. This starting point is great for encouraging curiosity and helping children to develop the skills of longer projects. Play activities don’t always end after 10 minutes and they don’t always turn out as you intended. When we use books with illustrations kids and parents can often become frustrated with their end product as it looks so different.
I can be inspired to try a new idea by seeing first hand how it works or looks
We made our own cash register and another reader saw ours and was sure she could make a better one. We’re glad to have inspired them to make one. Also the idea of stepping out of our comfort zone cooking, crafting or singing. Newsletters bring you ideas.
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