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Play in the media


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

This back-to-school during COVID-19, bolster children’s mental and emotional well-being through play
The Conversation (Anne Burke and Kristiina Kumpulainen)

This article provides information about making time and space for play at schools and at home to support children’s well-being during the coronavirus pandemic. It explains the benefits of play, including helping children to build resilience and develop creativity. The article also discusses how play can help children understand their experiences during the pandemic.

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The Imperilled Adventures of the Adventure Playground
BBC Sounds (Josie Long)

In the podcast, Josie Long visits an adventure playground in Glasgow to discover the benefits of adventure playgrounds for children. The benefits include helping children to develop their imagination and problem-solving skills. Also, Josie interviews play champions about the importance of adventure playgrounds, including the author, Michael Rosen.

Listen to podcast (available until 6 October 2021)

Play streets are back – and not a moment too soon!
Playing Out (Alison Stenning)

This article discusses the first three play streets sessions in North Shields after the restrictions relating to coronavirus eased in May 2021. It explains that children of different ages in the street are playing together more since the pandemic. The article also emphasises that play streets sessions can help neighbours to build connections with one another.

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Why Is Play Good for Young Children?
Psychology Today (Darcia F. Narvaez)

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Children need playgrounds now, more than ever. We can reduce COVID risk and keep them open
The Conversation (Sharon Goldfeld and Jill Sewell)

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Lima is transforming public spaces for children and caregivers
Child in the City (Simon Weedy)

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Memo to parents and carers on home schooling: ‘Don’t panic, and don’t feel guilty’
The Guardian (Celina Ribeiro)

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Playgrounds are open but there’s a better way to empower children
The Age (Dugald Jellie)

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UNICEF USA marks first year of Child Friendly Cities Initiative
Child in the City (Simon Weedy)

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‘Streets to schools’ rolled out in Paris and speed limits cut
Child in the City (Simon Weedy)

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