Scientists and local communities can work together to design interactive play spaces that build math and literacy skills.
Talking to your dog really helps. Here’s what else you can do.
Communicating clearly with children and providing space for them to play will be vital during back-to-school and beyond as children manage stressors associated with COVID-19.
With a bit of preparation, role play and modelling the type of behaviour you’d like to see in your child, the process can be plain sailing.
Children use play to express themselves and process their emotions. Here’s how parents can make the most of play time together.
Public and community health experts highlight four ways that communities can collaborate to encourage physical activity and fun.
As COVID restrictions ease, Ian McKellen’s take on Hamlet reminds us of how theatres dealt with similar situations during the bard’s time.
A psychologist explains why certain goals may be more effective than others in breaking screen habits.
Do we need to just endure grumpy pandemic walks? Creative arts therapists offer tips about how to light up the important family and community connections and routines in your life.
For the past 50 years, international animal cognition research has focused on how tool use is related to animal intelligence. But new research casts doubt on long-held assumptions.
Supporting play begins with parents attending to their own wellness and seeing children as drivers of their own play.
The women in our study knew that play was important, although they didn’t see it as an independent behaviour to be encouraged or promoted.
Experiments show that children who pretend to be their favourite character persist for longer on a task than children not pretending.
Some children are not socially engaging with their peers in the way they did before the pandemic. It’s understandable if parents are worried.
Each year, parents consider when to start allowing their children to commute to school unsupervised. During the coronavirus pandemic, there are additional concerns.
For children, getting outdoors helps to aid their exploration of the world – it’s how they learn best.
Playful activities that involve choice, active engagement and moments of delight are what children need this summer during the pandemic.
In some parts of the US, a silver lining of COVID-19 may be a return to childhood friendships based in neighborhoods.
With online learning and social distancing, kids are spending more time staring at screens and less time outdoors. That can put them at higher risk of myopia and serious eye problems in the future.
Play with their friends helps children develop social skills and is good for mental health.