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.
Playgrounds might have been closed, but play remains important for the social fabric of cities and for reimagining the possibilities that are open to us.
Parents are children's first and most influential educators. They can turn ordinary moments into important learning experiences.
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.
Instead of insisting on homeschooling primary-age kids, free play can help them learn and has benefits for physical and mental health.
Working long hours and want to make the most of time with your children? Your local park is an ideal place for sharing experiences that benefit the whole family.
Having a public playground in your neighbourhood can add value to your property.
Every expert we asked talked about the importance of letting children take risks and explore in nature. But they also advised parents to supervise and set limits.
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.
Play and learning are one and the same for Mbendjele children.
Understanding happiness in chickens could tell us how to improve their housing.
The digital overlays of Pokémon Go reinvented Sofia’s everyday experiences of mundane spaces. And she became an outstandingly super-cool grandmother in the eyes of her grandson, Diego.
Teaching robots to care for us in old age will be child's play.
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.
Parents are more willing to let children do their own thing in parks. It's a chance for children to make their own decisions, explore their abilities and imaginations, and weigh up risks.
An observational audit found almost all of the parks in Sydney's inner west were substandard. But perhaps even more important was the issue of access.