Tag Archives: Play

Self publicity

Although much of my thinking is tried out in this blog (for example, here), a full book from the Early Childhood Studies team here in the School of Education at Oxford Brookes is published this month. Themes and Debates promises … Continue reading

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New toys

Thanks to Paul Wickens, I have been able to play with word clouds, using the Wordle software. Of course these kinds of  results need interpreting – but note the “must” in the Wordle cloud word frequency for the first chapter of EYFS … Continue reading

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Could you make this up?

Lenore Skenazy in the Free Range Kids blog alerts us to the idea of fake logs for children to play on. She – and many of the people replying – are justifiably bemused, angered or just plain gobsmacked by this, although not … Continue reading

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Starting the PGCE

Well, the sun is shining, and I ended the teaching day sat under the trees in our Arboretum with the people who are going to be my personal tutees. It was easy to be upbeat, while remembering that this experience, … Continue reading

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Thinking again about play

To start with a quotation: “Psychologists and educators have found it difficult to come to a definition of what play is – partly, perhaps, because the phenomenon is more easily recognised than it is pinned down to a rigid classification. … Continue reading

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A quick link

…to the history of outdoor playground design, and a great blog from Playground Design.

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Wellbeing without Art?

When I link to RSA, I usually have something to link that’s a talk, or one of the entertaining RSA animations, like this more recent Divided Brain one. Today, it’s merely this: the connection between art and wellbeing, explored here, … Continue reading

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Playing Outdoors

Some very interesting links here for the New Year, for example this one on play in the Early Years or the more general link to a map (which perhaps could do with a bit of elaboration – I note some gaps round Oxford … Continue reading

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Physical Activity Report

The ever-thoughtful Julian Grenier brings to our attention – well, to mine anyway – the new physical activity guidelines in his blog and in the factsheet 2 It deserves some consideration, although I feel uneasy as I read it. . … Continue reading

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Play and playfulness

Perhaps I have been too allusive in recent posts on EYFS, and perhaps this is a symptom of being away from the classroom  too long – too far away from the stories shared with chidlren, the time we found a … Continue reading

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