Blogs - Play

The importance of play in learning is often understated in the curriculum. Amongst various highly politicised curriculums and competing subjects jostling for funding and limelight, the impact of well structured playful learning, and all of the holistic benefits that emanate from it, are being forgone.

Top Five Ways Children Develop Through Play (n.d)

Play may look simple, but it is incredibly complex and that complexity has made it a difficult thing for researchers to study. There are many benefits to play — more than I can name here. This list represents the types of play that affects a child’s development in deep and meaningful ways and that is also backed by some research. For each one, I also give quick tips on how to encourage that kind of play.


Why Children Love To Play (24/10/16)

Play is lots of fun for your toddler, but it’s also essential for your child’s emotional, social and physical development. You’re still the best toy for your toddler to play with – and the best toddler games still have...




We are such a risk averse society today. Often children are wrapped in cotton wool to ensure they come to no harm, but this also denies them the opportunities that risky play and behaviour provide to learn and develop. Helicopter parenting has become the norm, seriously reducing the freedom children have to play freely.


An alert and call for action – a new standard threat to play provision (05/07/16)

This is an alert. An alert to all those – across Europe and wider – where European play equipment and surfacing standards are held, or will be held, to apply. A new Standard is being proposed, one that will further undermine play provision.


Let The Children play. Why I Advocate for Play in Early Childhood Services (05/05/16)

Play isn't the only practice that our Early Years Learning Framework encourages educators to draw on to promote children's learning. Educators need to have a rich repertoire of practices up their sleeves, and learning through play is only one of them.


Irish Examiner. Nurture every child’s natural intelligence through play and engagement (13/05/16)

DON’T just tell your seven-year-old about the stars — bring him outside after nightfall and let him stargaze. Build your nine-year-old’s imaginative thinking by asking how an orange and an apple are alike.


Sir Ken Robinson speaks on outdoor play (05/05/2016)

Educationalist Sir Ken Robinson, known to millions for his work on creativity in schools, yesterday shared his thoughts on outdoor play.


Why Children Need to Learn to Play Alone (31/03/2016)

Some children concentrate well and enjoy playing alone. They are inventive, attentive, and full of ideas. They develop skills and pet projects without assistance. Other children seem to need others always involved with their play.

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Npr. Ed. What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren't Getting) (09/02/16)

Erika Christakis' new book, The Importance of Being Little, is an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash cards, ditch the tired craft projects (yes, you, Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey) and exotic vocabulary lessons, and double-down on one, simple word: Play.


Why adults have to stop trying so darn hard to control how children play (11/12/2015)

I look over in the far corner of the woods to see a small group of girls holding hands and forming what looks to be a wall in front of a teepee they just created. A little boy stands in front of them with a face that is beet red. He is shaking from head to toe. “I will NOT!” he yells back. “You have to...


PJ Media. How Free Play Creates Emotionally Stable Children in an Unstable World (08/09/2015)

Are you old enough to remember "the carefree days of childhood" or "a happy childhood"? Once upon a time these were common phrases, but you don't hear them very often today. According to a recent study released by San Diego State University, there is a sharp generational rise in youth depression, anxiety, and mental disorders in the United States.


It’s All About Education: Just Let Them Play (02/09/2015)

Debbie Rhea, an associate dean of the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences, wrote a post that was featured in the Washington Post in which she asserted that the key to increasing achievement in our schools is more playtime. Physiologically, “the brain essentially just falls asleep when we sit for too long. Movement and activity stimulate the neurons that fire in the brain.”

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