Meet Gail, The Playful Expert

Hi, my name is Gail, I am a Teacher, Play Specialist, mum of three and the face behind Instagram’s @the_playful_expert

I have extensive experience in education and am a huge advocate for open-ended, play-based learning. I am passionate about supporting parents and other professionals through providing a variety of ideas for children to learn through play, in fun ways.

On my Instagram account (@the_playful_expert) I enjoy using my own creativity to set up play-based activities for my children to learn from. Through providing activities that are easy to set up & using items that you may already have at home it shows how play doesn’t need to take long to set up and can be enjoyable for the person setting it up too! As well as suggesting useful hints, tips and step-by-step guides on how to make different sensory bases and recipes to use in play, I showcase different ways to meet the needs of all the different learning styles in a variety of fun & simple ways that can be recreated at home.

I believe in, and actively promote a play-based approach towards learning. I feel it is the best way to enable your child to develop, as they learn best through first-hand experiences which play promotes. Children are naturally motivated to play, and it is with this that stimulates and supports children in their development of skills, concepts, language acquisition, communication skills and concentration. A play-based learning approach builds on this motivation, using it as a context for their learning. It is within this that children are able to explore, discover, problem solve and experiment in a range of imaginative and playful ways. This approach involves the adult to actively encourage the child to learn through inquiry and interactions that aim to stretch their thinking to higher levels.

I am really excited that I will be a regular expert here at HiPP Organic UK providing you with informative articles to aid you with supporting your child through play as they reach these exciting milestones ahead during their development.