Reports from overseas suggest they wished they had followed guidance earlier. Please note the date of this news piece was the 18th of March, so any advice is out of date, but it is still a thought-provoking read.
Tim Gill and Penny Wilson share some thoughts and ideas on supporting children’s play in these challenging times, bearing in mind that they may need to be indoors, or following official guidance if they are outside. This useful post has been updated to reflect the most up to date advice.
“Playing through difficult issues helps children come to terms with stuff that’s out of their control, stuff that can be hard to understand.” Here is a really good piece from the folk at Ludicology, on the importance of playing during this crisis
Earlier this year Northern Ireland hosted the biennial 4 Nations Play Symposium at Cultra Manor, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. You can view the report here
Lots of ideas for play on YouTube
Book your space before 14th October and get this CPD Seminar for an amazing £75 per person.
Delivering on the Attainment Challenge through Play
You will hear presentations from:
Dr David Whitebread on the Importance of Play and Learning
Dr Whitehead was the Principal Investigator on Play Learning and Narrative Skills which was to investigate the positive influence that a playful learning approach could have in 5-10 year olds’ narrative and writing skills funded from the Lego Foundation.
John J Reilly, Professor of Physical Activity and Public Health Science Physical Activity for Health, Strathclyde University on the Health and Educational Impact of Active Play.
Prof Reilly was involved in a Knowledge Exchange largely through leading the ‘Active Healthy Kids Scotland Report Card’ (www.activehealthykidsscotland.co.uk), a ‘state of the nation’ report on the physical activity and health of Scottish children and adolescents.
The Children’s University of Scotland on their Passport to Learning.
The University gives children aged 5 to 14 opportunities to take part in exciting, interactive and voluntary learning activities, outside of normal school hours.
We will also be launching the Children’s Play Charter and the Inclusive Play Charter and much more!! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for booking form or download:
Booking form – Seminar 24 November 2016
‘baby brain workout’ is made up of 15 simple activities parents can choose to do with their baby or toddler, any time of the day. Playing with water, singing and tickling are just a few of the fun things included.
The activities are based on ‘Five to Thrive’ building blocks of talk, play, relax, cuddle and respond. The building blocks help children aged 0-5 grow up healthy and happy by building their communication skills, learn how to get on with and understand others and manage their personal feelings. Full details here
Boredom Busters is a brand new, fun app for 8-12 year olds, designed to get children actively playing more in a variety of different ways. This app is packed full of inspirational ideas for ways to play brought to you by Play Scotland.
For full details check our our Boredom Busters Page