our video where former children’s TV presenter Anna Williamson shows you
the games, toys and even parts of your everyday routine that can help
your children learn vital skills
Watching your child learn new skills is one of the most exciting things
about being a parent and even the smallest development or skill learnt
can result in enormous pride for mums and dads.
And it’s not just at school that our kids learn and develop, with new
research released today showing that outside the classroom, over a third
of parents believe children learn best from playing games, while almost
a fifth say TV programmes can also be a fantastic learning resource.
Around 60% of parents believe that children’s TV introduces children to
the world around them, with more than half saying that it gives children
ideas for imaginative play and 74% believing it helps children to enjoy
It may come as no surprise that the TV show parents believe they learnt
most from when they were growing up was Blue Peter, followed by
Newsround, Animal Magic, Playschool and Jackanory.
The survey was conducted to celebrate the launch of the new PlaySmart
educational toy range by Chad Valley and also saw Noel Edmonds (Swap
Shop) named as parents’ favourite children’s TV presenter, followed by
Ant and Dec (SM:TV Live), Valerie Singleton (Blue Peter), Chris Tarrant
(Tiswas) and Philip Schofield (Take Two).
The top five skills parents would most like help with when it comes to
encouraging children’s learning at home are confidence (43%), problem
solving (42%), number skills (40%), communication skills (37%) and
creative development (37%).
To help parents to encourage their children to develop these skills when
playing at home, former children’s TV presenter Anna Williamson has
created a video guide full of helpful hints and tips.