Play in the media
Here is a summary of the latest play related articles and blogs to be published online.
Too much family togetherness might be stressing kids out
National Geographic (Kelley Heyworth)
This article explores the health and development benefits of giving children time to be by themselves to play independently. It discusses how child-directed play helps imagination and creativity. The article also provides practical tips for parents about encouraging alone time for children, including giving simple toys such as blocks and sensory items.
Think Like A Child: How Playing Drastically Improves Your Creativity At Work
Forbes (Victoria Kennedy)
This article explores the benefits of play for parents, as well as children. It explains that parents boost their creativity and increase their mindfulness when engaging in child-directed play with their child. The article also discusses how play helps children develop resilience and confidence, and how children work through problems and share their feelings through play.
Young ‘Minecrafters’ on board to shape Cardiff’s future
Child in the City (Simon Weedy)
This article provides information about a competition that asked children and young people to redesign a piece of land in Cardiff’s city centre by using the digital game, Minecraft Education. As part of the land redesign, children promoted green spaces. The competition was part of the ‘Child-Friendly Cardiff’ programme, and the winner will be part of the decision making about the land.
Campaigning for play in a pandemic
Playing Out (Alice Ferguson)
Developing an integrated approach to the evaluation of outdoor play settings: rethinking the position of play value
Children’s Geographies (Ruth Parker and Sura Al-Maiyah)
Scottish election 2021: Nicola Sturgeon pledges to revamp every play park in Scotland with £60m fund
The Scotsman (Gary Flockhart)
Parents forced to crowdfund to stop playgrounds in England crumbling
The Guardian (Harriet Grant)
It’s time for councils to get serious about play
Local Gov (Naomi Danquah)
Supporting the early years
British Psychological Society
‘I wanted to play and I couldn’t’: Children reflect on the year since England’s first lockdown
Independent (Zoe Tidman and Jon Sharman)