Why Are Sports Good For Kids?

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Posted by: Kevin Mulryne

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In this episode we discuss:

Why Are Sports Good For Kids?

The Psychological and Social Benefits of Sport for Kids

Simple Tips To Aid ‘Reading Readiness’ 

Sue’s new eCourse on Successful Stepfamilies

Plus … 

Sue is in conversation with Katie Khan and Liz Shoreham from The Speech Bubble 

You can hear the full interview with Katie and Liz here

More Information on The Speech Bubble

The Speech Bubble Training includes ELKLAN, Talk Boost, littlemagictrain, LEGO therapy, using Makaton and bespoke courses.

They run an annual conference in Manchester (next one is Friday 1st February 2019) to improve the skills, knowledge and awareness of SLCN, interventions and support strategies for people who work with children and parents.

Their team members have a combined experience of nearly 100 years and can offer training on a wide variety of topics.

You can see a full list of available training courses with The Speech Bubble and/or book on the next conference on their website.

The Speech Bubble Training

The Speech Bubble has an online shop featuring The Summer Play Challenge and many other resources to support children at home, through play or in the classroom.They are also ambassadors for Propeller Education.

The Speech Bubble Shop

The Summer Play Challenge

‘A Play A Day Keeps Boredom Away’

The Speech Bubble team have developed Summer Play Challenges for children aimed at Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Each Challenge includes some useful games and advice, plus a timetable of activities to do with children at home; you will not need lots of equipment and they are inexpensive to take part in.

Each play has been carefully designed to meet the child’s needs at every age/stage of development.

The Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 Play Challenges have been designed to encourage play as you run through your daily routine. The play challenge encourages learning, develops vocabulary, supports understanding of the world, expand on ideas, develop phonological awareness skills and pre-literacy skills.

For example, at bath time we encourage parents to explore messy play. As it’s in the bath the children can experiment but tidy up time is easier and quicker. Sensory play in the bathtub is a safe way for children to learn about concepts (such as sink vs float), develop and test their own ideas and learn about cause effect relationships. The play challenge also creates opportunities for learning life skills such as planning a meal/following a recipe and healthy eating as well categorisation and phonological awareness.


The Key Stage 2 Play Challenge does all of the above too but is slightly different as the activities have been organised by area of development rather than daily routines.

Each play activity has been specifically designed to develop/support memory, understanding, critical thinking skills and increase depth and breadth of vocabulary knowledge. The games are fun and specifically target speech, language and communication development.

KS2 Play Challenge


You can purchase the Speech Bubble Summer Play Challenges from their online shop

Each Summer Play Challenge pack costs £2.00 or you can buy the full set of three for £4.00

If you purchase any or all of the Challenges, The Speech Bubble would love you to post any photos on their Facebook page

Connecting with The Speech Bubble




Don’t Stew – Ask Sue Parenting Q & A

Q. Dear Sue, my son really wants to get a bike as he’s been inspired by Geraint Thomas after he won the Tour de France. Apart from the obvious benefits to exercise – what are the psychological benefits of sport for kids as I don’t want him to be disappointed if he can’t be successful. Aled Davies from Pontypool, South Wales.
Q. Dear Sue, my little boy Ewan is 2 but he just won’t sit down to listen to a story. Is he normal? What can I do about it? Kirsty Reilly from Doncaster

The Government push to support parents with reading readiness. They say it takes a village & I believe we can ALL make deposits in their lives of our children by reading with and to them.

It’s about creating the intention to support, nurture, empower and help parents to create a home environment where stories are enjoyed, where communication is encouraged, and a love of books, nursery rhymes and rich language will positively impact on the social mobility of all children.

The education secretary Damian Hinds will say that the government must address the “last taboo in education policy” – the home learning environment – if it is to tackle a lack of communication skills among reception pupils.

He will also announce a new ambition to halve the number of children starting school without the right speaking and reading skills by 2028

Here is one of my articles on this subject:

Helping to boost school readiness among young children by encouraging parents to read and learn with them at home. My TOP TIPS.

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