1. School Age

Play, media & technology

‘How was school?’ ‘OK’. Read how to find out more.
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    Starting school means lots of new experiences for children, so emotions are often intense. Our play ideas can help children express and manage emotions.

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    There are so many toys for kids – how do you know which toys to choose? Start by thinking about what will spark your child’s imagination. Get more tips.

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    With a little imagination, you can turn ordinary things into homemade toys and free activities for kids. Here are some great ideas for kids of all ages. Article available in: Arabic, Dari, Karen, Persian, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese

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    Outdoor play is a big part of healthy growth, learning, development and wellbeing for your child. Read fun ideas to get babies and children playing outside.

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    Trying different sports helps school-age children work out what they’re good at. Doing physical activity they enjoy and are good at keeps them interested.

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    In children’s games, playing fairly and having fun is more important than winning. You can teach your child about fair play and coping with losing.

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    The ability to spot advertising and understand the purpose of ads is an important life skill for children. Here’s how to help your child develop this skill.

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    School-age children can make the most of screen time by choosing quality media and working on healthy screen habits. Here are ideas for helping your child.

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    Children can come across dangerous people or content online. Use our internet safety tips to help children manage online risks and enjoy using the internet.

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