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Welcome to our library of play-filled resources! This resource library contains a range of short articles, blog pieces and videos to summarise findings from our research, alongside links to our latest academic publications.

On this page you can browse resources created by the PEDAL team. You can also use one or more of the filters below to search for the resources most relevant to your interests.

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Pedagogy of Play: What Playful Learning Involves (And Why It Is Important)

Around the world, research trends are showing that there is more play and playfulness in schools. From age four to fourteen (and beyond), children are leading their own learning, exploring the unknown, and finding joy in facing challenges at school. However, most students beyond early childhood do not currently have the opportunity to learn playfully […]

Moving toward a strengths-based understanding of autistic people’s play

How do autistic adults experience and view their play?

Book to Basics: Having fun with books and play

How can we use books in our play?

Four playful ways to help with anxiety

How can we use play to help our bodies recognise we are safe and reduce our anxiety level?

Scoping the evidence: Hands-on learning with physical manipulatives

How can physical manipulatives encourage children's active engagement in everyday learning?

‘Just fun’ – or fundamental? Finding fun in early adolescent self-concept

Is fun an integral part of young peoples' selves, or is it a frivolous extra?

Children bouncing back: How families can use play to help children transition to post-lockdown life

How can families use play to support their children as they transition to post-lockdown life?

A: Astronauts, play and COVID testing

How can we use play to help children engage with the COVID-19 swab?

B: Building Blocks: The power of the brick

How can block play support children's development?

C: Connected communication: Talking about play

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?

Do girls and boys really like different toys?

E: Executive functions and their role in games

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

F: Fathers and Play

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

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

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