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More play in the media


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

Mark Zuckerberg tells new daughter to play outside - BBC News

In a letter to his new born daughter, the Facebook co-founder urges his second child to play outside and enjoy her ‘magical’ childhood. He emphasises the importance of play and for her not to worry about the future.

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Children's toys 'marketed at gender' over the years – BBC news (Carys Betteley)

Growing pressure from campaigners calling for gender neutral toys means manufacturers are increasingly at a loss on how to market their products to children and parents. This article draws from the experience of Hilary Kennelly from the West Wales Museum of Childhood as she recalls the history of gendered toys.

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The healing power of play on Filipino children with cancer – The Business Mirror (Ruth Karla Mae Domingo)

This article underlines the importance of play for children suffering long term illnesses, especially in hospitals. It states that playing strengthens the wellbeing of children with cancer and is proven to be therapeutic for ill children, helping them to recover.

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Children Who Play Outdoors Are More Likely to Protect Nature as Adults – Forbes (Trevor Nace)

Getting children to play outside increases the likelihood that they will grow up to protect nature and cherish natural environments according to a recent study by the Australian Journal of Environmental Education Parents are urged to encourage children to spend less time in front of the screen and more time playing outdoors.

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Kids missing out on outdoor playtime – The Standard (Phoepe Ng)

In Hong Kong, more than half of the surveyed children go to the playground less than four times a month. Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children said children should get at least an hour's free outdoor playtime daily and state a need to raise awareness about the importance of play for children’s development

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The Adventures of Pop-Up Adventure Play (Morgan)

On their tour of pop-up play centres around Canada Pop Up Adventure Play visits an after-school care programme in the neighbourhood of Edmonton, Alberta. With the help of a loose parts toolkit, the children get to play with stacks of tires, cardboard boxes and a large collection of brass instruments.

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