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Play in the media01-12-2017

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

 
Can the return of ‘wet play’ stop our kids’ obsession with screens?
The Telegraph (Lucy Denyer)
 
According to a new Ofcom report, nursery aged children are spending eight hours a week in front of a screen and a quarter of ten-year-old children use social media. This rise in screen time could be partly responsible for the rise in obesity rates in children in the UK. Schools are now introducing new initiatives to counter this trend. One initiative from a primary school in Ipswich, England is encouraging children to go outside for ‘wet play’. 
 
 
Architects reactivate space through play
Child in the City (Karina Zatarain)
 
A laboratory in Mexico hosted an ‘urban toys’ competition to find architectural designs to revive underused public spaces in Mexico City. The winning projects are intended to revive these spaces through innovative designs for playground equipment, creating non-traditional play areas for children. 86 proposals were received by the laboratory and three projects have been selected to be installed in Mexico City’s public squares. 
 
 
Why children need to play
The Hindu (Nupur D Paiva)
 
Children play to make sense of the world around them, according to Indian author Nupur Paiva. Through play, the can make sense of new and intense emotions that they don’t yet understand and play out roles that, as children, are denied to them; such as an authoritarian figure in society. Storytelling and playing ‘make believe’ allows children to explore these emotions and frustrations in their own space and this allows them to develop their social skills.
 
 
Why are so many 12-year-olds unable to run, jump or catch?
The Irish Times (Michelle McBride)
 
Studies by Dublin City University and University Cork Colleges show that twelve-year-old children in Ireland don’t have basic physical skills such as running, jumping and catching. A primary school head teacher claims that this is because of a decline in informal outdoor play. This decline could be due to an increase in the use of electronic devices or because children are being raised in a more safety conscious environment. To counter this decline in physical skills, schools in Ireland are implementing programmes to get children moving. 
 
 
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