The new playground in Melbourne’s Southbank is the work of artist Mike Hewson – and it’s exactly the ‘risk’ it proposes that makes it so valuable.
Some finds toys for toddlers based on digital devices a bit confronting. But really they’re just updated versions of traditional toys for make-believe play such as doctor and tradie tool sets.
Dads and caregivers play important roles in supporting the development of loving relationships.
Parents in a study discussed barriers and opportunities in encouraging children’s physical movement during COVID-19 — from arguing about warm clothing for outdoor play to finding local hiking trails.
Making daily time to connect with their children is an important way of nurturing family experiences and relationships and to find restoration.
Black children are prone to internalize messages of anti-Blackness. Can a Black doll that honors one of America’s most noteworthy Black women do anything to reverse the trend?
Problems include no fields, no courts for games, no playgrounds, no bike racks and no traffic-calming surrounding the school. Bringing in minimum standards is important.
Encouraging a child to hold their paint brush to develop a pincer grip while the child is involved in painting is one example of guided play.
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.
There’s not enough scholarly evidence to suggest game companies can control our minds or our wallets.
Supporting play begins with parents attending to their own wellness and seeing children as drivers of their own play.
Digital play can be a great substitute for play in the physical world. Research shows playing on a screen builds many of the same skills.
One father was fined for rollerblading with kids in a parking lot, while other families hit the cottage. Families’ backyard or property status should not determine kids’ right to outdoor play.
P.L.A.Y.: An acronym to remind you why letting children play is a responsible and critical way to support children’s development through the COVID-19 pandemic.
At Christmas shopping, you may have noticed toys are becoming very complex. They fly, hop, jump and follow you around – some even need to be ‘connected’. But why are we seeing such technical advances?
On the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, let’s remember children’s right to play.
When dads engage in active play with their kids they actually help them cope better with some of the challenges they’ll face in life. And no reason why mums can’t join in the fun as well.
Through a play day filled with choices at the beach with supportive adults, unexpected challenges and social experiences all help children to build far more than sand castles.
Children need to play and discover the world for themselves without too much restriction. Here are some ways we can enhance children’s opportunities to do this.
Being outside helps kids learn. Here are some ways to get them to spend more time in nature.