Play in the media
Here is a summary of the latest play related articles and blogs to be published online.
Is child-friendly planning a luxury that only rich cities can afford?
Rethinking Childhood (Tim Gill)
The author spent a week in Recife, Brazil to explore an important question – ‘Is child-friendly urban planning and design a “rich city” pursuit?’ He decided on the city of Recife due to the mayor, Geraldo Julio making early childhood a defining theme. This article explores how the city’s re-planning make it work for families.
‘Schools are killing curiosity’: Why we need to stop telling children to shut up and learn
The Guardian (Wendy Berliner)
According to researchers from the University of Michigan, USA teachers should be encouraging children to ask lots of questions during lessons. This article explores the links between curiosity and performance.
Living with beauty: reconnecting city children with nature
Child in the City (Simon Weedy)
The author reports on the independent body, Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission that’s been set up to advise the UK government on how to promote and increase the use of high-quality design for new neighbourhoods. Under a new development and planning framework, two million trees could be planted in the UK’s towns and cities, giving children the chance to reconnect with nature and play in the trees.
Is play a right or a privilege?
A ‘nature hour’ should be part of the school curriculum every day, say The Wildlife Trusts
Country Living (Lisa Walden)
Interview – Dr Dan O’Hare
Nursery World (Catherine Gaunt)
We must allow children to learn through play
The Guardian (Edith Ryan)
‘Part-science lab, part-playground’: how kids made museums take fun seriously
Let’s make recess great again
Tree Hugger (Katherine Martinko)
If parks are the “lungs of the city” the UK has caught a nasty cough
The Developer (James Wilmore)
Playing and learning
Nursery World (Marjorie Ouvry)
Forest Schools: How climbing trees and making dens can help children develop resilience
Childhood by Nature (Janine Coats and Helena Pimlott-Wilson)
Why kids need to spend time in nature
Child Mind Institute (Danielle Cohen)
Nature-deficit disorder: What kids lose by not experiencing the outdoors enough
Big Think (Jaimee Bell)
Giant seesaws transform New York City’s garment district into light-filled urban playground
Colossal (Grace Ebert)