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Play in the media

03-05-2019

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

Toni in Cardiff – Question and answer on Playing Out sessions
Playing Out

In this question and answer article, Toni talks about her experience organising Playing Out sessions in Cardiff. She speaks about her personal experience of living on her street, what she has achieved with Playing Out, and what she hopes to achieve in future to improve children’s play in neighbourhoods.

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Planet Child
ITV press centre

Planet Child is a three-part television series of scientific experiments to delve deep into the way children experience life across Britain and the world today. Planet Child seeks to further our understanding of children’s development, exploring key areas such as risk-taking, independence, morality and gender awareness.

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Go foundation and Lego group team up with blind associations to pilot Lego Braille and develop children’s breadth of skills
Lego

Lego has created blocks that have numbers and letters on them in Braille so blind and visually impaired children can play and learn at the same time. Braille Lego has been rolled out across schools in the United Kingdom and Europe already and is set to be used in many more countries in 2020.   

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The benefits of unsupervised play will make you want to back off your kids’ activities in a big way
Romper (Katie McPherson)

In this article, Katie McPherson outlines the benefits of unsupervised play and discusses a range of studies supporting unsupervised children’s play. ‘…free play helps kids develop important skills like creative thinking, analysing patterns, using empathy, regulating their own emotions, and so much more.’

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Play as a power motivator
LocalGov (Beth Cooper)

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Let your kids get dirty
Outside (Rachel Walker)

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Here’s why your child’s superhero obsession is actually good for them
Huffington Post (Mike Rampton)

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The Bristol nursery school that took away the toys
ITV News

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So what do you do about puddles?’
Child & Nature Alliance (Caylin Gans)

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This earth day, take your kids outside to play
Treehugger (Katherine Martinko)

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Inter-generational programme proves a hit with young and old
Stuff (Alive Geary)

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Outdoor learning really does boost children’s academic performance and development
The London Economic (Ben Gelblum)

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Playful parenting: 5 ways to help children learn through play
Virgin Media Television

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Children’s and parents’ views about using mobile phones to support outdoor play
Nursing Children & Young People

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We need to play for more time
Brunel University London (Dr Kate Hoskins and Dr Sue Smedley)

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Climate change poses mental health risks to children and teens
Science news for students (Kathiann Kowalski)

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