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Adventurous play as an antidote to anxiety

Professor Helen Dodd posted this in Children's play, health and wellbeing on 02/03/2021

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Adventurous play gives an opportunity for children to learn about uncertainty, fear, arousal, and coping. In this blog Professor Helen Dodd shares a summary of her recent paper with Dr Kathryn Lester on adventurous play as a mechanism for reducing risk for childhood anxiety. When children play in an adventurous way; climbing trees, riding their bikes fast downhill, jumping from rocks – they experience feelings of fear and excitement, thrill and adrenaline. In our recently published conceptual paper, Dr Kathryn Lester…

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Playing out alone – tips from the 80s

Ingrid Skeels posted this in Children's play, health and wellbeing on 11/02/2021

The chance to play freely with other children is one of the biggest lures and joys of outside…

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Why play is the key to children’s exercise

Alice Ferguson posted this in Children's play, health and wellbeing on 10/02/2021

Throughout lockdown, we have been calling for clarity in the rules that outdoor play counts as exercise for…

Children staring at closed playground equipment
Playground closures just tip of the iceberg for children

Playing Out posted this in Activism, Children's play, health and wellbeing on 21/01/2021

While some English councils are closing playgrounds against Government advice, we, along with a coalition of experts and…

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Researching playfulness on residential streets during lockdown

Alison Stenning & Wendy Russell posted this in Children's play, health and wellbeing, Play Streets on 19/01/2021

During the spring lockdown, researchers Alison Stenning and Wendy Russell explored play and playfulness at a street level….

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Dear PM, outdoor play is essential for children’s health and wellbeing

Playing Out posted this in Activism, Children's play, health and wellbeing on 05/01/2021

It is essential that children can get outside and be active, for their health and wellbeing. Last spring/summer,…

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