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Get children on the move and more aware of their physical abilities, with the first part of a new series by Helen Bilton.

Set sail for adventure, imagination and creative activities across all areas of the curriculum with a topic on these popular characters, outlined by Helen Bromley.

The best way to get children to think about our disappearing wildlife is to have them take an active part in its resurrection - and it's really simple to do, says Mary Whiting.

It doesn't require a large budget, just plenty of imagination and some careful forethought about how it's going to be used, to kit out your setting with a sensory room, as Annette Rawstrone explains.

It's not just babies who gain from heuristic play - and better still if it takes place outdoors, as Sara Davies found in her research.

Make the most of water play by offering the best experiences and stocking the essential resources, as suggested by Jane Drake

Movement play is vital to young children's cognitive development as well as physical skills, says Anne O'Connor

Young children's motor and mental development could be suffering because of physical inactivity. Annette Rawstrone hears from experts about the effects.

Building dens is a natural and important pastime in children's social and emotional development. Anne O'Connor explores how adults can support this form of play while respecting children's need for privacy

We found that less was more when we cleared our school's outdoor area and let children choose their own challenges in physical play, says Jane Simons.