How We Play

Keep up with our latest blogs, news and research here. If you’d like sneak peeks of play projects around the globe or up-to-date ideas and opinions on the power of learning through play, you’ve come to the right place.

October 2022 Opinion
What types of playing boosts learning?
In one recent paper, we’ve delved into the link between specific activities and learning. There’s some promising research – but more is needed.
October 2022 Opinion
Holistic learning goes beyond the surface
Because playful learning connects different skills and characteristics at once, it helps children apply things they learn in different scenarios.
October 2022 Opinion
What’s the most incredible thing in a classroom? The teacher!
Great teachers are like gold dust. Anyone who's ever had an amazing teacher knows what a difference they can make. And when you add play to a teacher’s toolkit? That’s transformative.
September 2022 Opinion
‘Listen to us’: Children deliver their manifesto for World Leaders and call for safe-space education for all
The choices that adults make today directly affect children’s and youth’s life. Isn’t it only fair that their perspectives, ideas, hopes, fears and aspirations are heard by those making life-shaping decisions on the climate emergency, education, inequality, poverty, conflict and hunger?
June 2022 Opinion
For families to play more, we need better policies
Playful parenting is a huge child development boost – but parents are too often over-stretched and under-supported. Here’s how systems can help families unlock the power of play.
May 2022 Opinion
8 play ideas for family wellbeing
Play is how children thrive – and it’s good for grown ups, too. Here’s why it’s so important to find playful moments in the everyday, with eight great ideas for getting started.
May 2022 Opinion
Rosie’s story: creativity and neurodivergence make beautiful music together
Top class training in classical music. A diagnosis of dyscalculia, dyspraxia, and ADHD. Rosie’s brought all of this to her psychology practice – supporting neurodivergent children to thrive.
May 2022 Opinion
Play isn’t another thing to do. It’s another way to do things
Playful parenting gives a boost to every member of the family – and it doesn’t have to feel like yet another thing on the to do list. Read one parent’s perspective on getting more play in every day
April 2022 Opinion
The power of pretend play
You don’t need fancy toys or tech to learn through play. Children pick up all kinds of skills when they pretend play. Take a look.
March 2022 Opinion
Play more, worry less: 3 ways play boosts resilience
When children play, they can get through all kinds of scary moments – even hospital appointments. Here are three ways children boost their resilience as they play.
A first grade student at the blackboard; Ethiopia.
January 2022 Opinion
Girl Power! Equal education for all starts with getting more girls in school
When more girls have the chance to learn through play everyone benefits. Find out why focus on girls is needed to make education fair for all.
October 2021 Opinion
Breaking the stigma on mental health & how play can help families to thrive
Stigmas around mental health persist, particularly for women and children. Play can boost wellbeing, but systems need to support families and children to have the best start in life