Play

Online tool supports ‘risky play’

A free online tool, developed by the University of British Columbia, to encourage parents to allow their children to take part in ‘risky’ outdoor play is now live. Adrian Voce reports. A tool to encourage and...Read more
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Fight for iconic Mexican playground

A unique 50-year old playground in Guadalajara, Mexico is under threat of closure. Playgroundology’s Alex Smith thinks this would be a tragedy, and here describes the campaign to keep it open. Public playspaces are joyful places. They’re filled with laughter,...Read more
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How the US is embracing adventure playgrounds

While adventure playgrounds in the UK continue to face threats to their futures a result of on-going austerity in the public sector, a movement in the United States is cultivating their renaissance in American cities. Emma Kantrowitz reports. Swings, slides, jungle gyms and...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Scottish Parliament debates national play charter

The Scottish Parliament has debated the country’s first Play Charter, developed and promoted by Play Scotland, the national play charity. Adrian Voce reports. A motion to support Scotland’s first Play Charter, developed by Play Scotland, was...Read more
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Freiburg’s streets for children

Freiburg in Germany was facing an exodus of young families, until it rose to the challenge of making its streets more playable for children … without bankrupting the city! Ann-Kathrin Schöll explains. At the beginning of the...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Is joining the German army a game?

With its recent recruitment campaign, the German army has provoked outrage from children’s play advocates by comparing enlisting in the forces to playing outside; evoking, say its critics, some dark echoes from the country’s past. Berta Kaufmann reports. To invoke...Read more
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Taming king car (part 3)

In this third and final part of his article about tackling the problem of traffic, as a priority for playable neighbourhoods and child-friendly cities, Adrian Voce wonders whether the UK’s new street play movement and its...Read more
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Why do German children play out more than British?

In this article, the German-based, British researcher, Ellen Weaver highlights the marked differences in the degree of freedom – to play outside and to travel independently – afforded to British children compared to their German counterparts....Read more
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Taming king car (part 1)

Traffic continues to be the major practical barrier to children’s freedom to roam and enjoy the public spaces of their neighbourhoods, towns and cities. In this, the first of a three-part article, Adrian Voce considers...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce