• Rough and tumble

    Emily Freeman     |      October 26, 2023

    Children – like the young of most mammals – like to play fight sometimes and rather than worrying, parents should let them enjoy it.

  • Play with your kids

    Victoria Whitington     |      October 4, 2023

    Running a home and family, doing job and trying to squeeze in some personal time mean some parents don’t have a lot of time or energy to play magical princess dragons but playing with your kids is important for the whole family.

  • Let the children play

    Open Forum     |      July 30, 2023

    Climbing trees, making mud pies, or simply playing outside, parents and educators know that being in nature is an important part of every childhood. But when it comes to messy or risky play, it’s a whole different story according to new research from the University of South Australia.

  • Let the children play

    Pasi Sahlberg     |      March 11, 2021

    Children today spend much less time playing than their parents did, a decline exacerbated by the COVID pandemic. It’s time to recognise the individual and social benefits of play to our children’s development and happiness.

  • Mud, glorious mud

    Open Forum     |      February 17, 2020

    A new review of the importance of nature play could transform children’s play spaces, supporting investment in city and urban parks, while also delivering important opportunities for children’s physical, social and emotional development.

  • Let them play!

    Brendon Hyndman     |      May 29, 2019

    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.