Play in the media
Here is a summary of the latest play related articles and blogs to be published online.
The Guarantees of Risky Play
Childhood by Nature
This article explores the importance of risky play for a healthy childhood. It explains that risky play helps children to learn, build resilience and confidence. The article also shares information about the possible negative effects of children not engaging in enough risky outdoor play during early childhood.
Are the kids alright? Social isolation can take a toll, but play can help
The Conversation (Pasi Sahlberg and Sharon Goldfeld)
This article discusses the importance of play for children during the coronavirus pandemic. It explores the benefits of play for children, which include developing skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation. The article also shares suggestions for parents to encourage their children to play, such as making time for play, setting guidelines on technology usage at home and going outdoors whenever possible.
What Makes a Child-Friendly City? Redesigning Safer and Healthier Urban Spaces for Young People
The City Fix (Nikita Luke, Rohit Tak, Ariadne Samios and Claudia Adriazola-Steil)
This article explores six ways cities can make safer outdoor areas for children and teenagers. The six ways include providing more green spaces, safer walking and cycling infrastructure and low-speed zones for cars. The article also discusses making streets car-free to create new play areas for children.
Why your kid should be playing right now.
National Geographic (Rebecca Renner)
How the pandemic is changing children’s play
The Sector (Karla Wintle)
App designer mum says lockdown showed playgrounds ‘essential’
Covid: Aberystwyth playground closures 'reign of fear'
Children 'must be the priority' in Covid-19 planning
The gallery that’s a play space and a gallery
Once Upon a Pop-Up Adventure Playground – Guest Writer
Pop-Up Adventure Play (Divya Badami Rao)
Joy During War – Guest Writer
Pop-Up Adventure Play (Maritza Medrano)
Play may be the key to individuality and independence for children with additional needs
The Sector (Freya Lucas)
Lego’s play-maker-in-chief on why best lessons should be fun
The Sunday Post (Alice Hinds)
Child’s play in the time of COVID: screen games are still ‘real’ play
The Conversation (Jane Mavoa and Marcus Carter)
Growing up in green space boosts children’s IQs, claims study
Euronews (Marthe de Ferrer)
The power of dads in childhood development–during a pandemic and beyond
Brookings (Dr. Dana Suskind)
Outdoors – Go with the flow
Nursery World (Julie Mountain)
Why Pretend Play Is So Important for Kids
Good Housekeeping (Marisa Lascala)
Screen time vs ‘green time’: New research suggests parents are right to nag kids about playing outside
ABC News (Nick Kilvert)
The power of play and drama for the Covid-19 generation
FE news (Dr Clive Holmwood)
Reclaiming the streets of Barcelona
Child in the City (Tiphanie Mellor)
Why social pretend play should be promoted in preschools
Open Access Government (Sonja Perren)
Amazing photos show London kids playing in streets again thanks to 10-year-old’s ingenious plant to reclaim them from cars
My London (Owen Sheppard)