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Play in the media – Coronavirus edition

24-03-2020

Here is a summary of the latest play related articles and blogs to be published online during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Playing through the Coronavirus Pandemic
Ludicology

This article links to the UK national guidance on the Coronavirus pandemic and how parents and children can enjoy play during this time. It refers to tips for playing in the house or the garden while you’re social distancing and self-isolating. The ideas includes enjoying fresh air when possible and how to socially interact without physical contact.

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Play in the time of Coronavirus
Rethinking Childhood (Tim Gill and Penny Wilson)

This article includes play ideas that are suitable for different number of players (children and/or adults). Additonally, the play ideas are suitable for a wide range of ages, because it’s important for teenagers to play too during this time.

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Coronavirus tag? The Pandemic has become part of kids’ playtime
Huffington Post (Caroline Bologna)

This article shows why Coronavirus themed play is normal and healthy for children. Children have started to act out and incorporate themes of the virus in their play such as playing doctors. Similarly to how adults ‘talk things out’, children ‘play things out’ to process their emotions and work through their fears.

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Coronavirus: should you let your children play with other children?
BBC (Robin Levinson-King)

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Play things: loose parts play in good times and bad
IPA World (Penny Wilson)

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Can I go outside?
Outdoor People

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Coronavirus can’t take our play
Pop-up Adventure Play (Suzanna Law)

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Coronavirus: how to help children through isolation and lockdown
The Conversation (Emma Maynard)

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Government should issue guidance on children’s play during the Coronavirus crisis
Policy for Play

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Can my child go to a party or play outdoors during the Coronavirus outbreak?
ITV

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Time to talk, play and create: supporting children’s learning at home
Brookings (Helen Shwe Hadani)

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I homeschool my kids. Here are 6 ideas for parents while schools are closed
Cato Institute (Kerry McDonald)

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Just let them play: an alternative approach to schooling at home during the quarantine
We Are Teachers (Kimmie Fink)

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Let’s play: creative ideas for indoor family fun during the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Irish News (Jenny Lee)

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Coronavirus: just letting children play will help them, and their parents, cope 
The Conversation (Helen Dodd and Tim Gill)

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Coronavirus: Nursery closures lead to childcare struggle for NHS staff
BBC (Bethan Lewis)

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How the Coronavirus is influencing children's play 
The Atlantic (Kate Cray) 

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