Play in the media
Here is a summary of the latest play related articles and blogs to be published online.
Promoting, providing and protecting playtime
British Education Studies Association (Marianne Mannello)
This blog explores the importance of school play and break times for children’s well-being. It shares information on the benefits of providing playtime initiatives, such as happier children and fewer incidents and accidents in school. The article also relates to Play Wales’ guidance to help schools support children’s right to play.
Why It’s Good When Your Child Can Play… Even When They Are Alone
Huffington Post (Jennifer Barton)
This article explores the benefits of independent play for children’s emotional and intellectual development. It shares information on how independent play can encourage children’s confidence and self-awareness. The article also discusses how play can give parents an insight into their child’s feelings.
The Importance of Play: How Kids Learn by Having Fun
Healthline (Kimberly Zapata)
This article discusses the importance of play for children, including the mental, physical, social and emotional benefits. It shares play ideas for parents and children, such as playing dress up and Simon Says. The article also explores the side effects of not playing, with studies showing that when children don’t have the opportunity to play outside in nature, they are at higher risk of behaviour problems.
Greener play areas boost children’s immune systems, research finds
Damian Carrington (The Guardian)
‘The Land’ Risk management case study
Play and risk management: quality policies support playful practice
10 Ways You Can Encourage Pretend Play And Teach Kindness And Acceptance
Huffington Post (Victoria Richards)
The Importance of Being Alone – in Nature
Childhood by Nature
Getting playful ideas into museums, in a socially distanced world: Reflections on experimental beginnings, with eleven U.K. museums
Playful Places (Charlotte Derry)
Now, more than ever, kids need creative play
North Jersey (Sharla Feldscher)
Why early maths teaching should focus on play
Tes (Jon Severs)