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Creativity and tool use in play settings – new info sheet


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Creativity is a capacity that is well supported through play. So, when we support children to access and express their right to play we are also supporting children’s creative expression and development.

This information sheet explores the relationship between play and creativity, looks at the associated benefits for children, considers theories that relate to providing for play and creativity and provides some helpful hints and tips.

Creativity and tool use in play settings looks at:

  • Creativity and play
  • Creativity: investigation, examination and exploration
  • Play: creativity and tool use
  • Clearing up
  • Top tips for working with tools.


The information is aimed at playworkers, but it’s a useful resource for anyone working with children.

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This information sheet has been written by Ben Tawil. Ben has worked as a playworker in face-to-face adventure playground work, as a national development officer, as a college and university lecturer. He is also co-director of Ludicology Ltd, which provides advice, research, and training to all those with an interest in children’s play.