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C: Connected communication: Talking about play

By Emily Goodacre


What do we mean by ‘connected communication’ and what does it look like during children’s play?


D: Dolls, diggers, and dinosaurs: Do girls and boys like different toys?

Lots of brightly coloured toys laid out on the floor

By Emily Goodacre

Do girls and boys really like different toys? 


E: Executive functions and their role in games

Children dancing in front of parent

By Janina Eberhart

How do everyday activities and games use children's executive functions? 


F: Fathers and Play

By Paul Ramchandani


What impact does fathers’ involvement and play have on children’s development?


G: Games in the classroom: Creativity, cognition and the curriculum

By Hayley Gains


How can games facilitate classroom engagement and children's learning? 


H: Health, hospitals, and play: The Teddy Bear Hospitals

teddies sat on chairs with bandaged arms

By Kelsey Graber

How can a playful visit to the Teddy Bear Hospital help children understand hospital care and procedures?


I: Infants and play: Do babies learn through play?

dad lifting his baby into the air

By Dave Neale

Do babies learn through play? The evidence tells us they do but we still have much to learn...



J: Juggling play and learning: The role of guided play

Building blocks labelled with the components of guided play: Challenge, suggestion, hint, co-play, open-ended questions, and model with free-play at one end and direct instruction at the other.

By Kayleigh Skene

How can we bring play and learning together to support children's development?


L: Links with learning? Uncovering parental attitudes towards play in diverse contexts

By Stephen Bayley

What role do parents consider play has in their children's development and learning? 




N: Nature and outdoor play

Child doing chalk drawing of rainbow on pavement

By Soizic Le Courtois

Why is it so important for children to get outdoors to play and learn in nature?


O: Oppression, agency, play and education

child finger painting

By Sara Baker

What would organised education look like with agency at its heart? 


P: Pretend play: Promoting positive emotions in children

Small child playing in kitchen

By Zhen Rao

Why is pretend play a particularly positive place for children?



Q: Quality research for quality classroom practice

By Natalie Day

How can we ensure that research is accessible and feasible in our classrooms? 


S: Social play and its importance - it takes two!

By Lenka Janik Blaskova

What skills do children need to play together and how can we help them along the way?


T: Transitions: Play and the transition to school

By Kayleigh Skene and Christine O'Farrelly

How can we use play to support children in their transition to school?


U: Unconventional ideas: What is creativity and how can it be nurtured?

Creativity spelt out using household objects

By Hayley Gains, Emily Goodacre, and Krishna Kulkarni

Why are play researchers interested in creativity? 


W: Why we all need play in a crisis

yellow toy ambulance on floor

By Dave Neale

How can play help us to understand and process thoughts and emotions during times of trauma or crisis?



Y: You and me: Parent child playfulness

parent lying with children playing

By Krishna Kulkarni

What are some of the everyday ways parents can spend playful time with their children while at home?


Z: Zest! Motivation and playful learning in the classroom

By Soizic Le Courtois

How can teachers harness children's inner drive to learn?


Play and infant interactions with caregivers

By Dr Vicky Leong, Dr Melissa Scarpate & Dr Ciara Laverty


What are the benefits of quality playful interactions with your infant?


Play and Pretence

By Zhen Rao


What is pretend play and how does it link to a child’s emotional development?


Play and Self-regulation

By Dr David Whitebread


Self-regulation helps a child guide their thoughts, emotions and behaviours to accomplish a goal – how does play support this important area of development?


Play, Self-regulation, Executive Function and the Classroom Context

By Janina Eberhart


How and why do playful approaches to teaching support the development of self-regulation?