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The Importance of Play – Glottogon Giveaway

Thinking back to the summers I spent as a child, my memory is vivid with images of playing outside with my little sister. My parents had a huge backyard with a huge veranda and our summer days were idled away outside in the languishing Melbourne heat. With summer holidays only weeks away now, I think about how my boys spend their summers compared to mine. My parents still have the same house, so now the huge backyard with the huge veranda is a playground haven where my boys escape to for all sorts of imagined adventures.

The Importance of Play - Glottogon

The Importance of Play - Glottogon    The Importance of Play - Glottogon

But I’m not going to lie to you and say that my boys spend all their time playing and dreaming up adventures outside. I’ll be the first to raise my hand and admit that sometimes parking my boys with technology not only happens, but it is easy. The boys love being connected to their games on their tablets and I enjoy the quiet that this time buys me. So it is a win-win. But is it really? Yes, life moves faster now, parents are busier and the demands are greater. But is that really a reason for children to be so plugged in to their world of play?

The Importance of Play - Glottogon

The Importance of Play - Glottogon    The Importance of Play - Glottogon

My boys love spending time with their little cousin. The three of them spend many weekends together and I have no doubt most of the summer holidays will be spent together. One weekend, as I folded clothes and put on more loads of washing I realised that for the whole day these three kids did not need to be plugged in to have fun. They made up games, read books, played puzzles and went on adventures that only they could dream of. They kept themselves occupied and happy for the entire day. Only when they were tired and waiting for dinner to be ready did they sit in their exhaustion, watching TV and playing on their tablets.

The Importance of Play - Glottogon    The Importance of Play - Glottogon

The Importance of Play - Glottogon    The Importance of Play - Glottogon

That is when it dawned on me. My boys are not rushing to technology as the first thing they want to do in their day. If anything, it is often the last. While I frequently sit here tormenting myself that my parenting is failing because I allow too much technology and too much time being connected, perhaps I need to step back a little.

The Importance of Play - Glottogon    The Importance of Play - Glottogon

The Importance of Play - Glottogon

While technology may be at their fingertips, my boys also have a world of imaginative play at their fingertips. A stack of puzzles, a great big box of Lego, lots of books, lots of stories, puppets, arts and crafts and if the sun is shining, lots of time outside. So this summer, I am going to stop tormenting myself that I am not doing things right and instead I am going to enjoy the play. Whether it is watching my boys and their adventures at Nanna’s house, cousins creating make-believe worlds or the simple exhaustion of being slumped on the couch, with tired little fingers swiping screens.

The Importance of Play - Glottogon    The Importance of Play - Glottogon

Being together is what is important. And maybe instead of discriminating ways to be connected or disconnected, I need to remember that we are always connected, regardless of the games that we play.

The Importance of Play - Glottogon

Glottogon are giving one lucky reader of always Josefa a chance to indulge in the simplicity of play. Their products are just beautiful and the craftsmanship perfect for little hands. My boys have spent hours playing with these products and I have no doubt will spend even more hours playing this summer.

The Glottogon Giveaway is for a total value of $200 and includes:
1 x Safari Domino
1 x Garden Memory Match
1 x Circus Puzzle Pairs
1 x Ballet Trio Puzzles
1 x Dinosaur BIG Puzzle
1 x Fairy character Puzzle

What is your favourite childhood game?

Disclosure: The Importance of Play was written in collaboration with Glottogon, a small independent Australian company with a vision that dreams and play can make the world go round. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    It’s funny you should write about this because I was just thinking about this the other day. I think I need to step back too in order to let my little one play, create and imagine. These games look absolutely gorgeous. My little one would LOVE them. When I was little my favourite childhood game was playing swimming with Barbies. I would get them all into their togs and line them up. I’d throw a dice and then move each Barbie the number on the dice. My sister and I would play this for hours on end 🙂

  • I love the picture of the Memory game, because that is absolutely my favourite! I used to trounce my mum every time. And I thought it was because I was super clever. But now my 3yo does the same to me! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  • Stephanie Veljanovska

    I have very fond memories of loving to play elastics at school as a child. Always looked forward to lunch and recess to do so.

  • LydiaCLee

    I loved croquet -still do. We have a set and play from time to time. Also loved puzzles. Still do!

  • kookla123

    I loved playing with my swap cards. They provided so many hours of fun.

  • Mellie Jane

    dress ups :0)

  • Melissa Jones

    Pick up sticks, very tricky one.

    • Oh I had forgotton all about pick up sticks! That was awesome!

  • My dad and I used to spend a lot of time playing board games and card games together. I think my favourite was rummikub, but he had a few great ones too. Dad was good in that he would always win, so it forced me to learn to lose well, and try harder.

  • Cas Webb

    My Fav childhood game is Pictionary, I still love it today and at my baby shower I upsized it and made the adults play!

  • My favourite childhood game was picture snap.

  • marypreston

    My favourite was always jigsaw puzzles & now my daughter enjoys them immensely too.

  • The Plumbette

    Hand ball. Give me a wall and a piece of chalk and a tennis ball and I’d play against myself. It was more fun to play at school with friends or at home with my brother.

  • TwitchyCorner

    It really is a gift when kids are even WILLING to separate themselves from tablets to play board games or outdoor games. Sometimes, no matter how much effort I put into encouraging them, they don’t want to. Unless I’m involved- which much of the time defeats the purpose of being freed up, argh! Long live independent play!

  • Annaleis Topham

    I love Monopoly! But its more about the memories of us playing it as a family or my brother cheating every single time we played. He still can not be allowed to be banker!

  • My all time favourite was Elastics… Miss Mikaylah has a love for it now too! It has finally made a comeback! xoxo

  • Narelle Rock

    There is nothing more fun than playing guess who and memory, but my all time favourite is UNO!

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    I totally agree with you… there is a time and place for all kinds of play and children inherently love to get creative and outdoors when they can. I remember running around our neighbourhood in bare feet as a kid and no-one ever worried about anything happening! My favourite game would have to be Uno as I love playing it with my eldest nephew, but I also love Monopoly and Scategories! xxx

  • Caz Clarkson

    Uno was a big fave here too. Mr 6 loves Uno Attack with the unpredictable flying cards but took Monopoly Jr to the Melbourne Cup BBQ we went to today. Such fun times playing games 🙂

  • TeganMC

    My friends and I used to play a gamed called Fly. It was played with 3 sticks (we usually just got ones off the ground there was no official pack for Fly) and we each took it in turns to jump over the sticks. They started about 1m apart and you could only put one foot in each space. The person who went last was called The Fly and the last last jump determined where the outside stick went. The game continued until there was only one person left.

  • These games/puzzles look lovely, so well designed and the dino one would be a FAB present for my middle boy.
    My favourite game as child was actually called Trouble, our whole family played and we all got so competitive but we’d spent hours pushing the bobble in the middle hoping we could move our small pieces home before anyone else. My second favourite was Guess Who, apart from how annoying the clips were when they got loose and always fell off, I ADORED that game 🙂 xx

  • Beautiful games! My daughter has recently really gotten into puzzles, so I would love to win this. My favourite childhood game was Balderdash, but when I was really young, probably hide and seek. xx

  • What beautiful games.
    I used to love trivial pursuit with the whole family around the table, such lovely memories X

  • Amber Boyce

    ‘I Spy’. It’s educational and oh-so-fun!! I love that it can be played by anyone, anywhere – perfect for family road trips.

  • I loved checkers, up words and card games like euchre. Fun memories

  • amber

    Donkey Kong. I know. Gadget. But it was so cool. Still is.

  • Sarah Preston

    I love Yahtzee! We play it together as a family, these puzzles would be awesome, my little guy would love the dinosaur puzzle and space dominoes, infact all of the games. Fab Giveaway, fingers crossed. x

  • honky

    i used to love playing with my smurfs outside and cowboys and indians

  • Sarah Armstrong

    Loved playing elastics – we would play it every lunch time

  • Benjamin T.

    I’m not sure what it was called, but whenever my sister and I were on driving holidays we played ‘spot the..’ (cows, sheep etc.) and marked them off on a board.

  • Elise

    Hopscotch was always a winner,
    Lines drawn carefully on the floor
    Friends would come, everyone can play!
    Healthy fun, laughter and more!

  • Karyn L

    Twister! 😉

  • Sarah Travia

    I always like heads down, thumbs up. We played it in school.

  • Val C.

    I had two older brothers, so it was ‘marbles’! Good fun, loved all the different colour marbles!

  • Kylie Price

    It would have to be a toss up between Hungry Hungry Hippos and a came called Trouble that had a dice in a dome in the middle that you popped and then moved coloured pieces around the board.

  • sapna

    Snakes & ladders was my favourite – It keeps me interested till today – i was always excieted about the fact that the ladders were like winning a lottery and snakes were like loosing a lottery…

  • Kim m

    I loved playing elastics at school with my friends, I can’t remember any of the rhymmes though!

  • Your Cheeky Monkey

    I really loved elastics when I was little, and also spent a lot of time knitting and crafting if that classifies as a game!! Thanks so much 🙂 Monique

  • MissMandy

    Elastics, pretty simple when you think about it compared to whats around these days.

  • Wendy Sutcliffe

    We used to love hide and seek, even as “big” kids (11-13), my friend lived on a huge property with bushland so hide and seek could last hours.

  • Fiona

    Loved hide and seek!

  • Diana O

    Kick the stick. Where one person kept guard of the stick, and everyone else would have to sneak up unseen. Whoever could kick the stick first without being spotted was the winner. The first spotted was the next to be it and protect the stick.

  • Di

    Skipping with a long rope and two friends who wanted to turn the rope! It was always hard to find other girls who didn’t want to skip, happy to hold the rope!!

  • Dianne Childs

    I used to love Connect Four So simple, yet hours of fun, and it really got me thinking.

  • Mara Lidija

    Playing play-doh, I could do anything from making barbie clothes, to an animal zoo, to Mara’s restaurant. All done with play-doh

  • tanya clarke

    I used to really love ‘guess who’.

  • Lisa

    We had many favourite games, snakes & Laddlers, I spy with my little eye, monopoly and dress ups.

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  • Darren

    Monoploy and still is

  • Guess Who! It was always the first game we played and 9/10 we always picked the same person. hahaha. Great game – I am planning on buying it for my kids for Christmas.

  • Rae Graham

    I loved a game called tummy ache, I remember it having really colorful illustrations
    and putting food together that didn’t give you a tummy ache,I’ve looked everywhere for this game but can’t seem to find it anywhere!

  • Jasmine Nelson


  • LadyTiffany OfGlencoe

    Fuzzy Felt…the original one of the 70s…it was hours of play on a rainy day…

  • scattley

    Hop scotch….I loved making up hard patterns to play with…and all the equipment needed was a stone or two

  • Karina Lee

    I loved playing elastics. Jumping up and down was so much fun..back then.

  • Jenni Braden

    I loved checkers and UNO !! 🙂

  • Michelle Gray

    Pick-up sticks, I would play it for hours (Mum must have loved that!!).

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  • Lara Daebritz

    I’ve just rediscovered the fun of elastics with my seven year old daughter – we had to Google the rules (and the rhymes) as my memory sadly failed me, but since I’ve introduced the game to Ava, she has taken it to school and her friends where it has now become popular!

  • Brand Meets Blog

    Gosh I adore Glottogon!!

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