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Play in the media

09-06-2021

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

Let children play: How can we help the new generation back to the playground?
Inter Cardiff (Yiran Xing)

This article provides information about Playing Out’s work, which involves closing streets temporarily to create safe spaces for children to play freely close to their homes. It explores the mental and physical health benefits of outdoor play for children. This includes building children’s bones and muscles, increasing self-esteem and reducing the risks of childhood obesity and anxiety.

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Play was a casualty of the pandemic. Here’s what kids really need as lockdowns are lifted
CBC Radio

This article is a transcript of an interview with Tim Gill about making space and time for children to play. During the interview, Tim Gill provides information about the benefits of playing, such as helping children to challenge themselves and keep themselves safe. Also, Tim Gill discusses the importance of giving children opportunities to play outside independently.

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Why it’s good for children to take risks and challenge themselves through play
BBC’s Tiny Happy People

This article discusses the benefits of giving children opportunities to take risks when playing. This includes boosting children’s confidence, independence, resilience and problem-solving skills. The article also provides tips for parents about supporting play that contains an element of risk and challenge, such as giving children opportunities to use tools like scissors when doing arts and crafts.   

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Twenty-six studies point to more play for young children
The Hechinger Report (Jackie Mader)

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Outdoor playgrounds ‘are the number one place to play’
Child in the City (Simon Weedy)

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Catch-up plans must do more to support children’s wellbeing and play, campaigners and experts say
Independent (Zoe Tidman)

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How LEGO Foundation Is Building New Ways To Include Autistic Children In Play
Forbes (Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo)

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Despite Policies, Many City Apartment Complexes Don’t Have Good Places for Children to Play
Dublin InQuirer (Claudia Dalby)

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Milan children’s garden honours Italy’s UN children’s commitment
Child in the City (Simon Weedy)

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Outdoor play as healer and teacher for young children
St. Catharines Standard (Dale Shipley)

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