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Play in the media

21-07-2021

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

We can never move – the playing out is too good
Playing Out

This blog post is by Adam, a parent in Cardiff, about how his eldest daughter discovered the joys of playing outside on the street when lockdown restrictions eased in summer 2020. Adam shares a few tips for parents about allowing children to play outside unsupervised. This includes ensuring children have road safety awareness and communicating with other parents.

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‘Urban Playground’ makes the case for child-friendly cities – Tim Gill
Child in the City (Tim Gill)

In this article, Tim Gill discusses his book, Urban Playground, which looks at how to design and create urban spaces to be more child-friendly. Tim explains adults must listen to what children want and give them opportunities to be in involved in planning cities. Also, the article discusses Vauban in Germany as an example of a child-friendly city, due to its good walking and cycling networks and accessible green public spaces.

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Observing children’s play during a unique time in history
Playful Planet

This article is a transcript of an interview with Dr Kate Cowan about the Play Observatory research, which looks at play during the coronavirus pandemic. During the interview, Kate explains some of the research findings, such as the pandemic featuring as a theme in children’s play. This includes making masks for dolls and dressing up in pretend Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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Building the case for children’s spatial freedom
Playful Planet

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A network for researching children and young people
Playful Planet (Peter Kraftl and Andrea Davis)

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Outdoor play in shorter, more frequent windows can boost physical activity in early learning settings
The Conversation (Brianne Bruijns)

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Study examines children’s emotional wellbeing through COVID-19 pandemic
News Medical Life Science (Dr Liji Thomas)

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LEGO explains how learning-through-play helps children at school
Brick Fanatics (Rachael Davies)

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Focusing on children’s lost learning is ‘misguided’ says Suzanne Zeedyk
The Courier (Sheanne Mulholland)

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Children are playing outside more after program helps kids reclaim neighbourhood
ABC News (Antonia O’Flaherty and Katherine Feeney)

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How Amsterdam’s youth – or Alpha generation – is reimagining the city’s future
Child in the City

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Championing a child-friendly country
Times Malta

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Lessons from Brazil: Cities’ urban mobility policies must meet the needs of youngsters
Child in the City (Simon Weedy)

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Children in urban areas with high pollution ‘at higher risk of obesity’
Child in the City (Simon Weedy)

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What happens to you when you play with your kids
CNN (Elissa Strauss)

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Helping schools to deliver more consistent road safety education
Child in the City (Simon Weedy)

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