Play

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New child-sized city opens in Johannesburg

Johannesburg will soon be the latest global metropolis to have a KidZania ‘replica city’, using play to show children all about careers. Youngsters visiting these enormous indoor playgrounds – there are 24 worldwide – experience what...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy
Rocket's Universe Playground, photos courtesy of Shane's Inspiration

Changing perceptions, transforming play

The neighbourhood playground is an environment where families create community. But for decades, an entire group was missing from these vital hubs: caregivers and children with disabilities, who make up 19% of the US population. Two...Read more
|Comment|author: The Play and Playground Magazine
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Imagine and explore through ‘playful’ learning

A ‘playful’ approach to learning can hugely benefit children, but the system must give teachers the freedom to create the right environment. Making the case is Nicola Whitton, Professor of Education at Manchester Metropolitan University,...Read more
|Comment|author: Nicola Whitton

Outdoor play for Dutch children declines

‘Dull play areas’ are the reason why two-thirds of Dutch children never play outside or only once a week, according to research. This alarming trend equates to a 10 per cent rise in the last...Read more
|Comment|author: Julia Zvobgo

Kids exploring risky play in the city

Young Explorers is a series of two-minute films that visually examines what happens when you allow toddlers to explore a city completely alone. Jacob Krupnick, a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and photographer is behind the project. Krupnick’s work incorporates movement and...Read more
|1 comment|author: Julia Zvobgo
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Designing a play space for everyone

Antonio Malkusak, has 27 years of experience in the play and playground industry and is considered one of the leading experts on inclusive play environment design. In this article for Child in the City, he...Read more
|Comment|author: Antonio Malkusak

Transforming everyday urban spaces into playgrounds

Urban Thinkscape provides children from low-income families with mental stimulation by embedding play and learning opportunities in public spaces. A group of psychologists, architects and educators are behind the project. Based in Philadelphia, Urban Thinkspace creatively...Read more
|Comment|author: Julia Zvobgo

Pixelating our playgrounds

As parents, consumers, and citizens, how should we respond to the rise of digital technology in our parks? Children’s playgrounds are becoming increasingly digitised through the ubiquity of mobile devices and interactive games. Anyone with a...Read more
|Comment|author: Linda McSweeny