This is a really nice book by Stephen Nachmanovitch on free play, improvisation and creativity in all things.
http://www.nifplay.org/states_play.html This page (from the link above to the National Institute for Play in California) presents descriptions of many of the elemental forms of play – “patterns of play.” Like the periodic table of the elements organizes all matter into an understandable framework for chemistry students, this page presents seven patterns of play – that … Read more
‘There is loads of really interesting research about the value of play’ – Stuart Brown quote from his Ted Talk . There was a conference in the US in 2012 on the value of play at all ages – video presentations of the links below: http://usplaycoalition.clemson.edu/resources_video.php
Our time was up, it was lunch time and everyone around us was focusing on food, so we rolled up the board games just as the rains started again – Perfect timing!
Here are some of the memories of play that we were told throughout the day: Hopscotch: Everyone remembered hopscotch, especially older people, but had different versions. One Scottish lady said they played hopscotch in a square formation – that’s one I’ve never played! Very few people had played snail shaped hopscotch but the kids were … Read more
Having drawn games on our mobile blackboards we headed out to Grand Parade to Celebrate Play, a little worried about the threat of rain washing away all our efforts! But the sun soon came out and we set up our pop-up playground near the street market. With hangman, wordsearch, x’s and o’s, draughts and a … Read more
We headed out with jumbo chalk at the ready! No surface was safe Eilis is a natural chalkster. Chalk is brilliant – except when it rains! We had to re-do a few of our ‘ads’. The bridge to Grand Parade was a perfect advertising board.