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Girl running in group, showing key elements of play. Credit Mi Pham

Key Elements of Play

This week’s Facilitator Tips episode shares the seven key characteristics of play as researched by Dr Stuart Brown, the founder and President of the National…

Pink electrodes featuring the science of flow. Credit: Hal Gatewood

What Is Flow?

After working with groups all over the world for 30+ years now, I know that when they accept my invitation to enter into a space…

Can play save the world article. Credit Jenny Anderson

Can Play Save The World?

Followers of this blog and the work of playmeo will know that we have a fervent belief that play is an essential element in the…

Benefits of play reflected in image of group of children. Have we under-estimated the value of play. playing: Photo credit: Jennifer Benoit

Valuing the Benefits of Play

There’s a wonderful organisation called Playworks that believes recess (you know, that free time during school hours students spend out of the classroom?) should be…

Sheet ice asking how to break the ice or what is an ice-breaker. Photo credit: Marcus Lofvenberg

How To Break The Ice

As already shared, I’m excited to be keynoting at the forthcoming APPEC in Hong Kong, 12-13 November 2016. I always have so much to share,…

Work hard neon sign reflecting all work and no play motto. Photo credit: Jordan Whitfield

All Work & No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy

Here’s a link to a Radio National interview conducted recently which explored the value and enormous benefits of integrating ‘play’ into the lives of adults in…

Girl swinging hula-hoop, as ideal summer professional development for teachers. Photo credit: Patricia Prudente

Become A Better Teacher – Play!

I’m a regular browser of Edutopia. Today, I came across a wonderful article which captured the essence of Dr Stuart Brown’s book ‘Play.’ I have…

Girl in meadow, enjoying notion of get kids to play outdoors

How Do I Get My Kids To Play Outdoors More?

It’s a common complaint of parents and teachers these days – how do I get kids to play outdoors – that kids are so entranced…

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More Play, Less School

Here’s a MUST READ ESSAY from Dr Peter Gray, professor of psychology at Boston College, which implores educational systems around the world to introduce more…

Benefits of play reflected in image of group of children. Have we under-estimated the value of play. playing: Photo credit: Jennifer Benoit

Have We Under-Estimated the Value of Play?

There is no doubt that we have under-estimated the value of play in our educational ‘systems.’ You only have to look at the stereotypical classroom…

Toddler inspecting lawn to rrflect strategies that inspire curiosity. Photo credit: Jordan Whitt

5 Learning Strategies That Inspire Curiosity

Stumbled across this post from Terry Heick, a US-based educator focused on social improvement through learning innovation, and Director of Curriculum, TeachThought. He argues, these…

Young child playing in woods marking healthy human development. Photo credit: Janko Ferlic

Play is Essential to Human Development

Adding to my post a few days ago, I offer this further understanding of the benefits of integrating ‘play’ into your curriculum. Extensive research has…

Neon sign displaying definition of play. Photo credit: Clem Onojeghuo

A Definition of Play

I make a very simple request at the start of all of my professional development & training workshops – I invite my group to play….

Women running on track demonstrating physical activity. Credit Jonathan Chng

Two Hours of Fun & Physical Activity Every Week in Schools

Followers of this blog, not to mention my work in the field of education, will know that I bang on a lot about the critical…

Yellow school bus offering students back to school activities. Credit Renan Kamikoga

Back-To-School Games & Activities: Lesson #2

At the start of the new school year, there is often one or more students who are new to the classroom. Playing a series of…

How to play in war-torn Syria. Credit Jordy Meow

Question: How To Play In War-torn Syria?

A question about how to play in war-torn Syria comes from Rita, living in the middle of a war zone: “…I live in Damascus Syria….

Rules for adults at Play time. Credit GrowingPlay.Blogspot

Rules for Adults During Play Time

In case you can’t read the rules, this is what the sign says: Turn off all cell-phones Follow the child’s lead Play at the child’s…

Boy playing with autumn leaves because play is making a comeback. Photo credit: Justin Young

Have Fun & Play, You Might Learn Something

Here’s an article that contains some useful and practical leadership advice about the value of play in our programs… it was first posted on the…

Kerrie Lewis Graham catching ball in interview, speaking about importance of play

The future depends on play… seriously!

My good friend and fellow play and adventure advocate Gary Nussbaum, passed on a link to this amazing documentary that shines a bright light on…