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Play in the media

30-03-2021

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

Learning through play represents the best long-term value for helping kids, regardless of background
World Economic Forum (Bo Stjerne Thomsen and Amy Jo Dowd)

This article explores the LEGO Foundation’s Learning Through Play: Increasing Impact, Reducing Inequality report. The article discusses the report’s conclusions which show evidence of the power of learning through play to tackle inequality and improve the outcomes of children. By referring to the report, the article also provides information about the benefits of learning through play for early brain development.

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Rewild your kids: why playing outside should be a post-pandemic priority
The Conversation (John J Reilly and Mark S Tremblay)

This article emphasises that the time children spend playing outdoors was declining even before the coronavirus pandemic. It explores the benefits of play for children’s health, well-being, development and resilience. The article also provides information about the importance of replacing screen time with playing, to contribute towards children’s curiosity, imagination and self-expression.

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Play can help our children recover from the negative effects of the pandemic
Independent (Laura Walsh)

This article discusses how playing can be used as a coping mechanism for children. It provides information about how playing can build resilience, as play offers a safe space for children to make mistakes and measure risk. The article also explores the use of play in hospitals to help children understand treatments and diagnosis.

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Neuromotor readiness for school: the primitive reflex status of young children at the start and end of their first year at school in the United Kingdom
Education 3-13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education (Sally Goddard Blythe, Rebecca Duncombe, Pat Preedy and Trish Gorey)

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Play streets and covid-recovery
Playing Out

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Why You Shouldn’t Worry About Kids Catching Covid In The Playground
Huffington Post (Natasha Hinde)

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Covid: Babies ‘disadvantaged’ by pandemic, charities say
BBC news (Ben Price)

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Playing with thin dolls may affect young girls’ body image
Northumbria University

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Playing in a pandemic
Medium (Becky Parry)

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Why it’s a problem that kids have been deprived of play during the pandemic
The Washington Post (Valerie Strauss)

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It’s OK for Playing Children to Be Noisy
Treehugger (Katherine Martinko)

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Pupil wellbeing must be priority, teachers say as classrooms in England reopen
The Guardian (Donna Ferguson, Harriet Grant and Michael Savage)

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We asked children around the world what they knew about COVID. This is what they said
The Conversation (Karen Ford, Andrew Middleton and Steven Campbell)

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This girl can… play
Outdoor Play and Learning

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Nearly a third of parents sometimes feel ‘awkward’ playing with their children
Day Nurseries (Sue Learner)

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Lockdown continues to impact children’s access to play
Newsround

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