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Backyard games for cooped-up kids

Are you looking for ways to inspire your kids to spend more time playing outside? Challenge them with a game of backyard soccer, cricket or baseball by combining a few affordable essentials with items you can easily find around the house.

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The importance of play

Giving children the freedom to develop their own games improves their social skills and reasoning, writes Melinda Ham.

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Top ten classic schoolyard games

The list of the old schoolyard favourites could go on forever but how many of these once loved games do your kids still play today? Now is the perfect time to teach them with our list of top ten classic schoolyard games.

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Combating the barriers to play

With less garden space, more scheduled activities and more homework kids often have no energy left for free play. So how do we break those barriers down?

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Unstructured play

Andrew Daddo discovers that imagination is the best game ever invented, sometimes it’s a matter of remembering how it works.

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Ideas to encourage unstructured play

The message on the benefits of unstructured play is getting through but how do busy families find the time? Justine Davies shares some fun ideas for you to try with the kids.

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Kids told to play in Nature’s playground

Curtin University research claims that in just one generation, outdoor play has decreased from 73% to just 13% of total play time. Instead, the vast majority of children today indulge in more than the recommended two hours of screen use by watching TV/DVDs, playing electronic games and using computers.

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St Patrick's Day Memory Game

Print off this fun St Patrick's Day activity and have hours of fun with the kids.

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Space to imagine and create

There are many opinions on child's play but award-winning architect Jon King discovers that when kids are given space to imagine and create they thrive.

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