Last week Sophia and I headed up to the Prima Baby Magazine HQ in London to attend the Fisher-Price Discover Your Way Campaign.
Fisher-Price have launched the Discover Your Way Campaign to celebrate and show all the different ways that children like to play on their own, using their own imaginations and playing at their own pace.
''66% of parents worry that they don't play with their own children - but the experts disagree''! I know myself as a parent that in the past I have worried that my girls haven't developed as quickly as other children and I can see from having my second how much children develop differently at their own paces, every child is different and have their own ways of learning.
We had a talk from Susie Boone from MadeforMums.com and Dr. David Whitebread from the University of Cambridge who gave a talk about Child-led Play.
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Two thirds of parents worry they are not playing enough with their children, with 63% believing the more one-to-one play they have with their child the quicker they will develop new skills. However a leading expert in the field has advised not enough child-led play can actually be detrimental to their development.
Dr David Whitebread, University of Cambridge, senior lecturer in psychology and education, developmental cognitive psychologist and early-years specialist, advises that allowing children to play independently is an important part of their development: “The really big concern over the last decade is the relative loss of opportunities for children to engage in child-led play. Children’s lives are much more structured than they have ever been – and there is quite a lot of evidence to suggest this can be detrimental. Parents can certainly be given guidelines about productive ways of playing with their children, but it’s important that play is not structured all the time”
This is something that I can defiantly agree with, Abigail loves to play on her own, she was an only child for 4 years until Sophia came along so has always been able to use her own imagination and role play on her own. I often her her playing with her dolls and other toys, speaking to them and having them play different roles in her made up games!
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After the talk we were treated to a lovely lunch for both the adults and children, there was also a big play area for the children to play with all the fab Fisher-Price toys, which Sophia absolutely loved! It was also great to meet other Bloggers and the Fisher Price Mums who were all really lovely.
I also got to meet the very lovely Billie Faiers who attended the launch, Billie who is known from the TV show TOWIE has a 5 week old Daughter Nelly who is adorable. I spoke with Billie about Motherhood, with her being a new Mum herself it was nice for her to have a chat and exchange experiences and tell her all about little Sophia!
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