Your New Year Goal or Project!

Instead of a New Year’s Resolution, how about asking your family what they’d like to do or learn this year?  Resolutions are great, but a desire to learn something new or ‘do’ or ‘make’ something special are longer-term goals which can be focussed on and put to one side at times.  A ‘project for new Year’

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The Importance of Den Building

Kitcamp Snow Den

Making dens is a serious business in my household: barely a day passes without sofa cushions and blankets being rearranged into a den! We live in a flat with no outside space to call our own. Despite park trips and sports clubs, there remains plenty of energy, so in the absence of a garden our inside

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Combating childhood obesity

Combat Childhood Obesity

Do we have a role in combating childhood obesity? How do you tackle childhood obesity in your setting? Does it genuinely impact on daily life or does it feel tokenistic? Is there a holistic approach or is it yet another strategy to implement? According to the Government’s plan for action to combat childhood obesity, nearly

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Warm up to the Winter Olympic Games

Winter Sports

Inspired by the Winter Olympics, Kitcamp’s ‘Active Schools’ Toolkit #iamplayingwintersports brings the world of winter sports to your school. The Winter Olympics are officially in full flow in Beijing. Much as we long for spring here in the UK, we are still in the grip of winter! But snow and the Winter Olympics introduce new concepts

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Now fall off…

Pony ride

Now fall off… As a kid, at the end of a riding lesson I was always encouraged to fall off my pony, learn to tumble, and getting up unhurt, dust off my knees and get back on again! What I was learning was that falling off wasn’t a big deal. For kids, learning to “fall off”

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When football is not just a game


Usually when we post a blog it is with reference to a western understanding of childhood and playfulness. Capturing hard evidence of free play’s benefits can be hard, though. Much of it is subtle and intangible, with it filtering through in the child’s character as they mature. Without doubt, the impact of creative free play on

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