Play in the media
Here is a summary of the latest play related articles and blogs to be published online.
UK children not allowed to play outside until two years older than parents’ generation
The Guardian (Sally Weale)
This article focuses on the findings from the British Children’s Play Survey, which shows children in the UK are not playing outside independently until the age of 11. However, on average, the parents who took part in the survey were playing outside by themselves at the age of nine. The article also explains that not engaging in enough ‘adventurous play’ may affect children’s long-term physical and mental health.
Skip the kindergarten cop routine: free play is vital for young children
The Guardian (Michael Rosen)
This article explores the importance of giving children time and space to play freely as well as provide opportunities for structured play. It emphasises that the two types of play are different, but equally as important to support children’s learning. The article also refers to an observation of a child singing and dancing around a dome in the middle of a path, and explains the benefits for the child, such as contributing to well-being and confidence.
Toys in quarantine, paper test kits: COVID-19 has changed the way children play
USA Today (Alia Wong)
This article explores how themes relating to the coronavirus pandemic is being featured in children’s play, such as stuffed animals in quarantine and pretend Covid-19 vaccines. It explains that this is a healthy way for children to escape from or understand the pandemic. The article also emphasises the importance of unstructured play for children’s physical, emotional and social well-being.
Call for more play time amid ‘schoolification’ of UK childhood
The Guardian (Sally Weale)
Children’s right to play must be protected, DECP responds to British Children’s Play Survey
British Psychological Society
The Guardian view on child’s play: help kids be themselves
How one UK charity is reclaiming children’s right to roam
The Guardian (Jessica Murray)
‘Let children play’: the educational message from across Europe
The Guardian (Jon Henley, Philip Oltermann, Sam Jones and Angela Giuffrida)
The Benefits of Playing Outside
Psychology Today (Vanessa LoBue)
Children will tell us how to get it right as we strive for normality – Ruth Pitt, Leeds 2023
Yorkshire Evening Post (Georgina Morris)
Covid-19 pandemic exposes mental health disparity for children across UK, MPs warn
Children & Young People Now (Fiona Simpson)
Walk to School with WOW in Wales
‘Any wall, any ball, any time’: first UK ‘wallball’ court opens in London
The Guardian (Robert Booth)
School Streets pilot up and running in Vancouver
Child in the City (Simon Weedy)