Everything dinosaur: games, crafts, songs and activities

Do you know someone who’s mad about dinosaurs? Taking a child’s passion and using it as a springboard into lots of play is a great way for them to learn.

Here’s a fiesta of all things dinosaur: dinosaur games, dinosaur crafts, art and models, dinosaur activities and even dinosaur songs. There’s lots of fun to be had while you work on important skills including maths, language, fine and gross motor, imaginary play and creativity. [Read more…]

#Argosmakeamonster Halloween competition :: Play Planner

argos halloween compeition

Halloween’s on its way and to help make it even more crafty and fun, Argos are running a competition for our UK readers to win some awesome monster toys.

How to enter the Argos Halloween competition

Entrants can either draw, dress up, bake or craft a monster and share their pics on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #Argosmakeamonster. Or, you can email your entries to argos.competitions@gmail.com The scarier the better!

Monstrous prizes for the Halloween competition!

Argos are offering spooky and scary monster prizes including Monster High dolls, Moshi Monsters, and Lego too, so creative kids can build their own monsters.  There are 3 prizes in all, worth over £50 per prize. The winners can choose which prize they’d like.

The competition runs from 12th October 2014 to 10th November 2014 and is open to UK residents only.

The competition is being run by Argos Ltd and is subject to the following terms and conditions: see here for details.

Update 15th November 2014:

The competition winners are as follows:

Jenette O.

Zoe T. and

Joy D.


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See you at the Just So Festival? :: Play Planner

Fun kids activities at the Just So Festival

See you at the Just So Festival?

Have you heard of the Just So Festival? It’s an amazing, family-friendly weekend festival taking place 15/16/17 August 2014, in Cheshire, UK. It’s ‘a magical weekend of creative adventures’, and my daughter describes with high praise as ‘almost better than Christmas’!

We’ve been guests at the festival a couple of times now and are so excited to be invited back again this year. It’s a weekend full of outdoor theatrefairies, explosive art, lantern parades, clay sculpting, pillow fightingcello babies John Hegley, the Gruffalo,  tribal tournaments, flat footing, and, oh my, so much more!

Get your tickets!

You can camp for the whole weekend, or visit just for a day. There are special prices if you are local to the festival, and under 3s are free. And you can buy your tickets here. See you there? 

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Free Reading Eggs trial :: Play Planner

Free Reading Eggs code

Learn to read in 4 weeks for free with Reading Eggs

Reading Eggs provides a comprehensive range of online reading lessons and eBooks that teach children aged 3-13 the literacy skills needed for lifetime reading success. They’re sponsoring this week’s Play Planner and offering you a 4 week free trial of their resources.

Full of educationally sound, fun and interactive activities, Reading Eggs focuses on the most fundamental skill needed in school: reading. Children from 3 to 7 years of age, or older children struggling with reading, will enjoy the huge variety of reading lessons, activities and games that make up the Reading Eggs programme.

Reading Eggspress continues the reading adventure for 7–13 year olds, focusing on comprehension and grammar.

Take advantage of their special, no obligation 4 week FREE trial today and see how your child’s reading improves by using Reading Eggs.

Click here for your 4 week FREE trial!

{This is a special offer for UK readers, but please do take a look if you are in the US as you can still take advantage of a free two week trial}

Kids activities all week long with NurtureStore’s Play planer 

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