The state of play.
It's not all child's play.
Robyn Nevin was horrible – and horribly funny – as Miss Docker in A Cheery Soul.
Robyn Nevin and Gillian Jones in A Cheery Soul, 2000, co-produced by STC and Belvoir St Theatre. Photo: Heidrun Löhr ©
An early review of Patrick White’s A Cheery Soul said it 'upset everybody who saw it'. But this extraordinary play, once a victim of 60s cultural cringe, marked a turning point in Australian theatre.
Simply being exposed to nature can help children better cope with stress.
Exposure to nature plays a positive role in brain development by providing children with opportunities to take risks, discover new things, and be creative.
‘OMG, I love this box!’
Forget about the expensive gifts, for young children, it's all about the paper and the packaging this Christmas.
I come in peace…
A new study says that LEGO is becoming weaponised. But play is more sophisticated than many adults think.
Trying on new roles.
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Research has found a relationship between pretend play and a child's developing creativity, understanding of others and social competence with peers.
Back to basics.
Testing takes the magic out of education – playful learning may be the answer.
German director Jette Steckel has bought an urgent, vivid and highly phyiscal version of Woyzeck to the Sydney Festival.
Woyzeck, Sydney Festival 2016.
Jette Steckel has bought the Sydney Festival a version of Woyzeck that is as exciting, uncompromising and disturbing now as it was when it was first premiered in 1913.
Who is she talking to?
The new conversational Barbie doll may be good at keeping children entertained, but do we really know who's listening in?
The great detective’s purchase on popular culture was not always so assured.
Benedict Cumberbactch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock, courtesy of Channel Nine
As Benedict Cumberbatch prepares to return to 221B Baker Street for a Sherlock Christmas Special, a great, unsolved mystery remains: what is the source of the detective’s enduring appeal?
A boy in the Ivory Coast practises reading his letters. Children can learn a lot about reading from each other during the “School Game”.
The benefits of learning through play are well documented. In rural communities in South Africa, "playing school" produces passionate lifelong readers.
Calm down, kids. You don’t want to end up short like uncle Harry now do you?
Infant monkeys who play more develop better motor skills even though they grow more slowly, a study has found.
To grow into healthy adults, children need lots of exercise. The best kind is when they are playing freely – even better when it is with their parents.
Globally, evidence points to children becoming less active because they would rather play computer games than be outdoors.
As the doors open, children rush to spend their Kidzos.
Inside the theme park where kids have to play at real jobs to earn a living.
For fear of injury and lack of space, playgrounds are becoming unimaginative and uninspiring.
New research has found that fears of playground accidents such as falls have led to considerable changes in school playgrounds, reflecting a climate of over-policing and surplus rules and regulations.
A miniature orc from the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
When conspiracy theorists label games and literature "Satanic," what does it say about their own imaginations and ability to engage in play?
Kids playing via Diego Cervo/Shutterstock
Playfulness is frowned upon in secondary school. It shouldn't be.
Play is good for kids and for adults – so why do we try so hard to cordon it off from work?
The summer holidays are well and truly over. The magic of Christmas is back in its box. Sales of champagne have plunged. The customary dribble back to work across the stretch of January, and now early…
Just monkeying around.
I am always repeating the mantra that we should “work hard and play hard”. But is having fun professionally productive? As someone who studies animal behaviour I sometimes look to my experimental subjects…
Whether kids play pickup sports or organized sports may have varying effects on their development.
Youth sports are viewed as a rite of passage in a child’s development. If the clichés that permeate sports broadcasts and locker room speeches are to be believed, sports participation teaches children…