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The ultimate learning tools for your little ones!

Alex O'Donoghue

Written by Alex O'Donoghue

5 min read

Many of you are looking for extra play ideas which don't take up too much time and are based on early years foundation milestones. We've gathered useful resources to take you into the weekend!

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1. For communication and language

Ways to Help Babies and Children to Talk: this is a great platform set up for Cornwall residents but applicable to all parents. Try out their language development resources.

Early Years Educational Programmes BBC: a range of programmes covering different topics appropriate for pre-school children. Check out the alphabet sing-a-longs and easy phonics playlist.

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2. For literacy development

Puffin Storytime: These are digestible 20-minute slots of storytime magic with different authors and illustrators.

Elevenses with David Walliams: also in an accessible 20-minute format, David Walliams’ "World’s Worst Children" stories are a winner. They take place at 11am daily and stay on Soundcloud, so you can always listen to them later on if you're busy.

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3. For personal, social, and emotional development

Hungry Little Minds: an amazing platform of ideas for parents to play with children between 0-5 years old. We found their 0-6 months section wonderful in its rich selection of tips to make everyday moments with your baby full of learning and fun.

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4. For understanding the world

BBC CBeebies: we can't get enough of the different shows on this platform explaining the world to little ones. From neurons to coding and more, check out Nina and the Neurons.

NSPCC: this wonderful charity has extended its remit to helping toddlers and families learn from home. Help your babies understand the world around them by scrolling to the bottom of their 'Look, say, sing, play' section.

And for those of you who are tired of Joe Wicks and want to move with their smaller children we love Fit 'n Fun Kids - check out Roly and the RocketEnough said!

Want more ideas? We've got news!

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