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We’ve rounded up a set of high-quality play resources for you to explore. The library houses a collection of links that will take you to peer-reviewed publications, videos of play experts, and websites that may be of interest to you.

You can use the filters below to find the resources that best match your interests. The library can be sorted by format (journal papers, videos, blogs etc.), child age, and type of play.

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Using play in COVID-19 Testing

A PEDAL Resource looking at how we can make the COVID sample taking process less scary for children and parents (particularly for young children) by turning it into a game of collecting rocket fuel. The video aims to give parents some ideas on how to try and turn the swab taking into a bit of […]

Title: Using play in COVID-19 Testing
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A PEDAL Resource looking at how we can make the COVID sample taking process less scary for children and parents (particularly for young children) by turning it into a game of collecting rocket fuel. The video aims to give parents some ideas on how to try and turn the swab taking into a bit of a game which distracts and engages their children – it won’t work for everyone, but it might for some.

Publication year: 2020
Date: 28/07/2022
PEDAL September Speaker Series – The Way We Play – Potential in Play

Our second webinar focused on the potentials of play in interventions, and also during the pandemic, and was chaired by PEDAL’s Professor Paul Ramchandani. He was joined by Amy Jo Dowd, Head of Evidence at the Lego Foundation and PEDAL’s PhD student Krishna Kulkarni.

Title: PEDAL September Speaker Series – The Way We Play – Potential in Play
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Our second webinar focused on the potentials of play in interventions, and also during the pandemic, and was chaired by PEDAL’s Professor Paul Ramchandani. He was joined by Amy Jo Dowd, Head of Evidence at the Lego Foundation and PEDAL’s PhD student Krishna Kulkarni.

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Publication year: 2020
Date: 28/07/2022
PEDAL September Speaker Series – The Way We Play – Play in Challenging Settings

This webinar focused on how play can manifest in challenging settings, and was chaired by PEDAL’s Dr Jenny Gibson. She was joined by Dr Krutika Pau from Starlight Children’s Foundation, and Dr Fadi El Yamani from Right To Play. Starlight Children’s Foundation is the national children’s charity that exists to preserve childhood throughout serious illness. […]

Title: PEDAL September Speaker Series – The Way We Play – Play in Challenging Settings
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This webinar focused on how play can manifest in challenging settings, and was chaired by PEDAL’s Dr Jenny Gibson. She was joined by Dr Krutika Pau from Starlight Children’s Foundation, and Dr Fadi El Yamani from Right To Play. Starlight Children’s Foundation is the national children’s charity that exists to preserve childhood throughout serious illness. Dr Krutika Pau, Director of Children’s Services, shared insights into the challenges of play in hospitals and through the pandemic. Right To Play is an international non-profit organization that empowers vulnerable children to overcome the effects of war, poverty, and disease around the world through play. Dr Fadi El Yamani, Global Training & Capacity Building Specialist, discussed how Right To Play is using play in different challenging settings around the globe.

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Publication year: 2020
Date: 28/07/2022
PEDAL Seminar: Toddlers Think for Themselves!

Social learning has been a large focus of early developmental psychology for the past three decades. While it reveals how culture is transmitted to young children, questions about how young children come up with their own ideas and learn for themselves have been largely ignored. This talk, with Dr Elena Hoicka from the University of […]

Title: PEDAL Seminar: Toddlers Think for Themselves!
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Social learning has been a large focus of early developmental psychology for the past three decades. While it reveals how culture is transmitted to young children, questions about how young children come up with their own ideas and learn for themselves have been largely ignored. This talk, with Dr Elena Hoicka from the University of Bristol, will present research showing that toddlers can be creative and come up with their own ideas. Elena will focus on toddlers’ creation of their own novel jokes and pretending, and toddlers’ divergent thinking with novel objects.

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Publication year: 2019
Date: 28/07/2022
PEDAL – Play at the Extremes: A panel discussion for parents, teachers and carers

Join PEDAL in the conversation about the changing nature of childhood…are we really heading from ‘free range’ to ‘hot house’? Is the Children’s Commissioner for England correct when she calls for play on prescription and claims that children lead a “battery hen existence” (more info in the report ‘Playing Out’)? Chaired by one of PEDAL’s […]

Title: PEDAL – Play at the Extremes: A panel discussion for parents, teachers and carers
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Join PEDAL in the conversation about the changing nature of childhood…are we really heading from ‘free range’ to ‘hot house’? Is the Children’s Commissioner for England correct when she calls for play on prescription and claims that children lead a “battery hen existence” (more info in the report ‘Playing Out’)? Chaired by one of PEDAL’s lead researchers, Dr Jenny Gibson, the panel of speakers comprise of: Kathryn Lester (University of Sussex – an academic who researches anxiety in children); Nicola Butler (Chair of Play England’s Board of Trustees and Director of Hackney Play Association – managing Homerton Grove Adventure Playground); Tim Gill (a researcher, writer and consultant on childhood). Stephen Mitchell (Chair, Parkour UK & consultant) Come and join us for this lively and topical debate.

Publication year: 2018
Date: 28/07/2022
PEDAL Seminar: Not Too Early, But Just Right! – Unleashing the Power of Science in Early Childhood

Professor Greenfield is a Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics at the University of Miami. His work is positioned at the interface of research, policy and practice at the international, national and local level. His research examines school readiness with at-risk and dual language learners, with a specific focus on early science education. Science has the […]

Title: PEDAL Seminar: Not Too Early, But Just Right! – Unleashing the Power of Science in Early Childhood
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Professor Greenfield is a Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics at the University of Miami. His work is positioned at the interface of research, policy and practice at the international, national and local level. His research examines school readiness with at-risk and dual language learners, with a specific focus on early science education. Science has the power to engage early childhood educators and young children in hands-on, minds-on, fun and engaging experiences that increase the quality of teaching as well as provide young children with critical problem-solving skills and improved learning in multiple school readiness areas. In this PEDAL research seminar, Professor Greenfield discusses the role of science in early education in relation to research, as well as current policy and practice. This lecture forms part of the PEDAL Research Seminar series http://www.educ.cam.ac.uk/centres/pedal @PEDALCam

Publication year: 2018
Date: 28/07/2022
PlayFutures webinar with PEDAL: Playing with infants and toddlers

Listen to Dr Vicky Leong, Dr Ciara Lavery and Dr Melissa Scarpate talk about playing with infants and toddlers in this webinar hosted by PlayFutures.

Title: PlayFutures webinar with PEDAL: Playing with infants and toddlers
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Listen to Dr Vicky Leong, Dr Ciara Lavery and Dr Melissa Scarpate talk about playing with infants and toddlers in this webinar hosted by PlayFutures.

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Publication year: 2018
Date: 28/07/2022
PEDAL | BBC Breakfast report on playful writing

Acting Director of PEDAL Centre, David Whitebread, is interviewed in BBC Breakfast report on playful writing.

Title: PEDAL | BBC Breakfast report on playful writing
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Acting Director of PEDAL Centre, David Whitebread, is interviewed in BBC Breakfast report on playful writing.

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Publication year: 2017
Date: 28/07/2022
PEDAL Workshop: Pedagogy of Play Workshop

PEDAL invited Ben Mardell from Harvard University’s Project Zero and Camilla Uhre Fog, the Head of the International School of Billund to share with teachers their experience of working together to develop a Pedagogy of Play. Through the work of the teachers at ISB, this collaboration has managed to define some areas of what it […]

Title: PEDAL Workshop: Pedagogy of Play Workshop
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PEDAL invited Ben Mardell from Harvard University’s Project Zero and Camilla Uhre Fog, the Head of the International School of Billund to share with teachers their experience of working together to develop a Pedagogy of Play. Through the work of the teachers at ISB, this collaboration has managed to define some areas of what it takes for a truly playful pedagogical approach to support children in their learning and exploration of the world.

Publication year: 2017
Date: 28/07/2022
PEDAL Seminar: Bringing Self-Regulated Learning to Classrooms through Research Practice Partnerships

This seminar will focus on the role of research-practice partnerships in bringing self-regulated learning to classrooms. In her talk, Dr Perry will review the research-practice framework in two separate research projects, addressing some of the challenges associated with traditional approaches to conducting research, challenging notions of control and fidelity. This seminar hopes to provoke fundamental […]

Title: PEDAL Seminar: Bringing Self-Regulated Learning to Classrooms through Research Practice Partnerships
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This seminar will focus on the role of research-practice partnerships in bringing self-regulated learning to classrooms. In her talk, Dr Perry will review the research-practice framework in two separate research projects, addressing some of the challenges associated with traditional approaches to conducting research, challenging notions of control and fidelity. This seminar hopes to provoke fundamental questions about the role research should play in improving educational practice. Dr. Nancy Perry is the Dorothy Lam Chair in Special Education and Professor of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. Her research has two main goals: understanding how classroom processes are implicated in children’s development of self-regulated learning (SRL); working with teachers to design activities and structure interactions with students that support SRL. Dr. Perry is a main contributor to our understanding that young children can and do regulate for learning, and how classroom tasks, instructional practices, and interpersonal relationships influence their SRL. She is also a leader in the development and use of measures, beyond self-report tools, that reveal children’s self-regulation in situ.

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Publication year: 2016
Date: 28/07/2022
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