20 episodes

Previously known as the playPROMPTS podcast, Happy Playing has been brought back to life! Listen as Claire, mum of two, early years specialist and founder of playHOORAY! shares her love for all things PLAY!

Expect to hear activity ideas for babies, toddlers and big kids! Helpful tips and advice from her experience as a mum and former teacher and hopefully some like minded playful guests too!

Be sure to check out the playHOORAY! website for Claire’s playPROMPTS activity cards, freebies and downloads. The playHOORAY! Handbook is available! And join the community @play.hooray

Happy Playing!

Happy Playing: A playHOORAY! Podcast by Claire Russel‪l‬ Claire Russell

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Previously known as the playPROMPTS podcast, Happy Playing has been brought back to life! Listen as Claire, mum of two, early years specialist and founder of playHOORAY! shares her love for all things PLAY!

Expect to hear activity ideas for babies, toddlers and big kids! Helpful tips and advice from her experience as a mum and former teacher and hopefully some like minded playful guests too!

Be sure to check out the playHOORAY! website for Claire’s playPROMPTS activity cards, freebies and downloads. The playHOORAY! Handbook is available! And join the community @play.hooray

Happy Playing!

    Episode 20: Easy Ways to Try Messy Play at Home

    Episode 20: Easy Ways to Try Messy Play at Home

    In this episode why messy play is good for young children’s development and ways you can make it manageable at home. I also share ways you can encourage children who don’t feel comfortable getting messy! | The Messy Play Recipe Cards mentioned in the episode can be found in the shop www.playHOORAY.co.uk alongside many other playful products and activity cards! | Please come and say hi to me @play.hooray for lots of daily inspiration and community support! | Happy Playing!

    • 15 min
    Episode 19: Managing Screen Time

    Episode 19: Managing Screen Time

    Today I am recording this in the middle of half term, during lockdown oh and it’s winter so the weather isn’t great! So it felt appropriate to chat about SCREEN TIME! I know! Perhaps you’re noticing the kids are watching more than normal, perhaps you’re feeling guilty about screen time or maybe you’d like to take back some control of screen time with the kids? Well today, I’m sharing what works for me and my family and posing some questions that might help you when thinking about how you use screen time in your house. I’d love to chat to you so as always come and find me on Instagram @play.hooray visit our website www.playhooray.co.uk or email me with any playful topics or guest suggestions! In the meantime Happy Playing!

    • 18 min
    Episode 18: Play Guest Susie from Totter and Tumble Play Mats for all the family

    Episode 18: Play Guest Susie from Totter and Tumble Play Mats for all the family

    Join me chatting to lovely Susie founder of Totter and Tumble, the amazingly, beautiful play mats for all the family! We chat all things play, home life and of course have a giggle along the way! Please visit Susie to say hi and check out her awesome play mats on Instagram @totterandtumble www.totterandtumble.co.uk | And I always love to hear your suggestions for playful brands, people and topics you’d like me to cover so do drop me an email and come and say hi, I always love to hear who’s listening! | Never be stuck for play ideas, playHOORAY! is always here to help through podcasts, community, social media, blog posts and playPROMPTS activity cards! Visit www.playhooray.co.uk for support and inspiration! Happy Playing!

    • 25 min
    Episode 17: The playHOORAY! Handbook

    Episode 17: The playHOORAY! Handbook

    In this episode I will share how and why I chose to write The playHOORAY! Handbook and will also read an extract from the book that I feel is really important for our children’s development. The playHOORAY! Handbook is now available to buy in lots of bookshops and online, do head to www.playhooray.co.uk for more information about the book and any other play products we sell. | I would love to hear your subject or guest suggestions so come and find me on social media @play.hooray Happy Playing!

    • 13 min
    Episode 16: Play Mate Emma Thompson founder of Little Hotdog Watson

    Episode 16: Play Mate Emma Thompson founder of Little Hotdog Watson

    I am super excited to have our first guest on the Happy Playing podcast! Of course it had to be my buddy Emma from the wonderful world of Instagram! We found each other during the early days of starting our businesses and have cheered each other on ever since! In this episode Emma shares the important role of play in both her business and home life! Please go and say hi to Emma and check out her awesome kids hats and accessories @littlehotdogwatson or www.littlehotdogwatson.com | As always I would love to hear from you too if you have any playful people or business guest suggestions or topic ideas send them over to me @play.hooray | Please note we have a few technical issues with the sounds so my sincere apologies but it was too good not to share with you! I’m still learning so appreciate your patience! | Happy Playing!

    • 29 min
    Episode 15: Planning your play in advance!

    Episode 15: Planning your play in advance!

    The podcast has returned!! Previously known as the playPROMPTS podcast there are previous episodes worth listening to! This episode is all about planning your play, having tricks up your sleeve so that you don’t feel daunted at the idea of a full day at home with babies, toddlers and kids! Today I share an exercise I do both at home and school to come up with lots of new play ideas all linked to a theme whether it’s their interest or a book! Grab a pen and paper because we’re going to get planning! Do come and find me on Instagram @play.hooray and join our wonderful Facebook community of playful parents, carers and educators who are willing to help you if you get stuck! I’d love to hear the theme you have chosen for your play! As always...happy playing! Claire x

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Calandre O ,

A game changer for playtime!

Claire is fabulous! I love her on Instagram! Most days my three year old asks ‘what does Claire say we are doing today Mama?’! She saved me when our second baby arrived and she has become the best gift for any new parent!

Emmacossey ,

Already an Instagram fan, excited for the podcast!

Claire’s Instagram @playhooray has saved my sanity many a time, with her activities and tips that are so accessible and easy to do. Can’t wait to listen to the rest of her podcast episodes for more.

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