At a Berlin day care center, a little boy lights a match and touches it to another, making a sudden flare. The girl sitting next to him shouts a word that is the same in German and English: “Cool!”
The two children, both under 6, aren’t breaking any rules. They are taking part in a fire workshop designed by Kain Karawahn, an artist who, as part of a performance piece about freedom in 1987, once set a blaze at the Berlin Wall. No one was hurt. Full article
“I am the best candidate for the job of professor of play in education because I am 10 years old and I love to play.”
A Motion supporting Scotland’s Play Charter has been placed by Ruth Maguire MSP at the Scottish Parliament.
A scheme designed to help parents temporarily close streets for their children to play outside is to be extended amid criticism the initial pilot was a “mess” and difficult to use. The city council admitted that there were so few inquiries about its ‘Edinburgh Playing Out Streets’ pilot that not one street in the Capital ended up being closed for play last year. Full article
A study of screen time and mental wellbeing among teenagers has suggested moderate use of devices may be beneficial in a connected world.
The researchers collected self-reported data from 120,000 English 15-year-olds about their digital device habits.
They found a “Goldilocks effect” where a few hours of device-use seemed to boost mental wellbeing. Full article
Two toddlers have just chased each other to the top of a climbing frame and are jostling to get down the slide first. Full article
Playing with toy guns is a controversial subject within the early years sector. It can provoke a sharp intake of breath when mentioned in certain company, and many nursery settings adopt a zero-tolerance approach. Full article
Annual report and consultation responses published. You can view this here
Button batteries and lithium coin batteries are the small, round batteries you find in lots of toys and everyday objects. They can be extremely dangerous for children if swallowed – especially lithium coin batteries –and can kill within hours. Full details here