Category Archives: Play

Beautiful images of play from around the world

These images by Steve McCurry show how play is one of the things that unites us as humans. What I love is that they include adults as well as children. These would be wonderful to have around a play room … Continue reading

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Some great play resources from a USA Children’s Museum

From the Providence Children’s Museum, Rhode Island: Unstructured, self-directed play is essential for children’s healthy development. But due to a number of factors, children today have fewer opportunities to engage in open-ended play. Here are some resources for more information … Continue reading

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Bob Hughes – Play theorist and activist

Just want to share a link for the wonderful Bob Hughes, a lifelong advocate for free play and play as a fundamental and essential part of human development. A Taxonomy of Play Types in which he identifies 16 types of play … Continue reading

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What happened when I swapped my children’s toys for beads and cardboard?

This is an article I thought worth reproducing as it maps the journey of a parent who changes her way of thinking about the kinds of toys and equipment her children need in order to have great play experiences.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk … Continue reading

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As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity

Published on Psychology Today (http://www.psychologytoday.com) As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity By Peter Gray Created Sep 17 2012 – 11:15am If anything makes Americans stand tall internationally it is creativity.  “American ingenuity” is admired everywhere. We are not the richest country (at … Continue reading

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Exploring ideas and materials

Playful Minds projects allow space for exploring their own ideas and discovering new materials; the result is more confident children and often an improvement in language as they use words to describe their new experiences. I am still working on … Continue reading

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Makedo Kits

A recent discovery is the wonderful world if Makedo, based in Australia Makedo is a connector system that enables materials including cardboard, plastic and fabric to easily join together to form new objects or structures. When you’re done playing, simply pull … Continue reading

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Playing by the rules makes prisoners of children

This is not my article but it’s so good I had to post it here. In it, it states that in 2007 when a UNICEF survey rated it among the worst places in the world to grow up. At that … Continue reading

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Play and creativity – separate things?

There is an argument that creativity and play are not the same things. I don’t like to separate them and for the purposes of this website I want to include articles on both as I find them closely related and … Continue reading

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Can we go out and play? Probably not….

This article came to my attention today The two-year Good Childhood Inquiry is published on Monday. The independent inquiry into the state of childhood today – commissioned by The Children’s Society and carried out by Lord Layard, the Labour peer, … Continue reading

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