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Keeping with the theme of Movement and Dance for January at the museum, our friend and Yoga Expert Eike Traynor, from Purely Yoga, gives us some gorgeous helpful and active ideas for our little ones at home this month.

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Another year begins and everyone starts off with the best intentions. We all want to do better and be better. Well let this year be the year. Let's try to keep our resolutions!!

As a yoga teacher, I get to be active everyday and I love it!! My husband is very into cycling. And together we try to instill this in our children.

I have 2 sons, Josh - 4, Tristan - 3. I wanted to get them into sports straight away, and started them swimming at 11 weeks & 7 weeks.  As soon as they were old enough I signed them up to every sport. They play football, go to gymnastics. Horse ridding, Tennis, yoga, swimming and we just tried our hand (or foot!) at skiing and the boys love everything.

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Imaginosity was very kindly invited to attend Early Childhood Ireland’s recent conference held in Dublin, where both interesting and important issues surrounding the theme of ‘Today’s Children: Tomorrow’s World’ were discussed.  The conference celebrated, commemorated and concentrated on early childhood.

We were very excited to listen to Dr Stuart Brown M.D as the Conference’s opening Key Note Speaker.  Dr Brown is a medical doctor, psychiatrist and clinical researcher, who is a major proponent of the importance of play. He founded The National Institute for Play in the U.S  http://www.nifplay.org/about_us.html ,a non-profit  organisation committed to bringing unrealised knowledge, practices and benefits of play into public life through continuing research.

Irene Gunning, Early Childhood Ireland’s CEO (herself a well-known, well-respected, long-time proponent of the importance of play for children), introduced Dr Brown by saying that from the moment she first heard him speak she was mesmerised. By the end of Dr Brown’s talk I understood exactly what she meant! He was engaging, funny, thoroughly informative and bursting with enthusiasm and passion for play.

Dr Brown spoke of how what it takes to be wholly human is so centred in early childhood and how the willingness, desire and motivation to play is embedded in each of us, from the moment that we are born.  He described play as a ‘marvellous phenomenon’ and cautioned that it is not just for kids, but lasts a lifetime.

He described the types of play that humans experience and can remember so well from our own childhoods and that we can now see replicated in our own children or young family members. Dr Brown has spent some time working with National Geographic through print and television programming, and he used a wealth of fantastic, exhilarating photographs in his presentation, which wonderfully described the various types or states of play.  From wolves to polar bears, whales to apes it was easy to see the parallels between what goes on for humans and what happens in nature, where play is concerned.

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