Top tips to get the most out of your play planner and support your child's development in a playful way

Top tips to get the most out of your play planner and support your child's development in a playful way

  • Choose a variety of Learning Through Play Cards that cover a range of the 7 areas of learning.
  • Enhance your child's play further by adding in supporting resources such as our number cards, shape cards and tactile resources such as counters or magnetic letters.
  • Choose a focus for each week, this could either be a particular skill you want to help your child develop or it could be a theme to base your play around. You can join in with our 'A week of play' themes over on our social media
  • And most importantly, follow your child's interests and let them discover any set ups you prepare themselves. They're much more likely to be engaged if you pop it out for them to find and play with it when they're ready! 

What are the 7 areas of learning? 
Within the Early Years Foundation Stage (from birth to 5 years old) there are 7 areas of learning that we focus on for our young children. The 7 areas of learning are: 

Prime Areas:

  • Communication and Language 

  • Physical Development 

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

Specific Areas: 

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design 

The difference between the prime areas and specific areas is that the prime areas underpin everything else, they are the foundational areas that we nurture to enable all further learning to develop. All of these areas are interconnected and form a solid base for your child to develop a love of learning and as we know, the best way to do this is through play!

All of the Learning Through Play Activity Cards are written against the Early Years Framework and so cover all 7 areas of learning. I've done the hard work for you! You can just be safe in the knowledge that what you're setting up for your child is aligned to the curriculum and expertly designed to help you help your little ones learn through play! 


Don't forget to tag @mymummyteacher in your photos and stories or use the #aweekofplay to share! I love to see your playful photos! 


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