Play in the media
Here is a summary of the latest play related articles and blogs to be published online.
Don’t deny breaks to punish pupils, say psychologists
Tes (Martin George)
The British Psychological Society’s Division of Educational and Child Psychology promotes the benefits of break time in schools and emphasises that unstructured play is crucial to encourage children’s well-being and development. The article provides an overview of the Society’s new position paper, which calls for playtime not to be taken away from children as punishment or to finish work.
Let them play! Kids need freedom from play restrictions to develop
Child in the City (Brendon Hyndman)
In this article, the author outlines research that shows that there is a low awareness amongst the public about the importance of play. The article goes on to list how schools can help to raise awareness of the benefits of play.
Playgrounds need more sand and less rubber, argues UBC researcher
Global news (Christine Meadows)
This article shows a video debate on what’s most beneficial for children’s play – playgrounds with sand or playgrounds with rubber? Susan Herrington, a professor in the school of architecture at the University of British Columbia says: ‘I always ask parents what their fondest memories were of playing outdoors and it probably wasn’t playing on the rubberized playground. It was probably climbing a tree or something that dealt with nature.’
Imagining playful learning landscapes for every community
Brookings (Jennifer S. Vey and Rebecca Winthrop)
‘Research on playful learning has shown that children learn best in active, engaged, meaningful, and interactive contexts.’ The article outlines the benefits of playful learning outside of school and how it could help children’s performance in school.
Outdoor Learning has Huge Benefits for Children and Teachers: So Why Isn't it Used in More Schools?
Tutoring to Excellence
Weatherwatch: why children need more time outdoors
The Guardian (Jeremy Plester)
Making Playgrounds a Little More Dangerous
The New York Times (Richard Schiffman)
The Durable Feeling That a Child is Always at Risk
The New Yorker (Rachel Pearson)
15% of Dutch children don’t play outside, but class differences are sharp
How kid play patterns change over time
Raise your play IQ – Train play: A window into child development
Positively Naperville (Alix Tonsgard)
When making summer plans for children, leave some time unplanned
Harvard Health Publishing (Claire McCarthy)
Can classes and apps help children play better?
The National (Hafsa Lodi)
What screens are doing to our kids
The New American (Lisa Shaw and Rebecca Terrell)
From obesity to allergies, outdoor play is the best medicine for children
The Conversation (Mariana Brussoni)
The latest in gun violence research and computer games
Marc Armitage thought crime (Mark Armitage)
No risk, no reward: Cotton wool should be for mending wounds, not wrapping children
The Sector (Niki Buchan)
What happens when you ask children to design their own playground?
The Irish Times (Sara Keating)
Cotton wool parenting and nature deficit disorder are promoting schools to bring in mud play
ABC.net (Jessica Hayes)
Parents – Stop Worrying And Let Your Children Climb Trees!
Rain or Shine Mamma (Linda McGurk)