Experts in play? Really? Yes, it’s true!
We’re experts in the very serious business of play because it’s such an important part of our lives, not just as children but as grown-ups too.
Maybe the first word on the matter should come from good old George Bernard Shaw, one of our greatest literary critics, who quite rightly said “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.”
As children, play is something we instinctively discover along with moving, walking, talking and feeling emotions. So, as you can imagine, there’s an abundance of expert research, opinion and ideas on why play is so important to our growing and development process, and why as an educational charity (yes, we’re one of those too) we’re passionate about protecting this wonderful thing that we simply love to do as children, gradually fall out of love with as teenagers and surprisingly rediscover as adults.
Being an expert is fun and we hope our expert commentary on play and childhood is fun to read and engage with too. If you want to get down with the boffins on all this play expertise, there’s some great links that we’ll be sharing with you in this section. But before we go, here’s a reminder of that much quoted English proverb “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” which was first listed in James Howell’s Proverbs in English, French, Italian and Spanish in 1659. And we still use it today!
Eureka! Play Conference 2016: Power to the Playful!Eureka! Play Conference 2016: Power to the Playful!
Play research: Play for TodayPlay research: Play for Today
Eureka! ExpertsEureka! Experts
Experts BlogExperts Blog
Learning through playLearning through play
Ideas UnitedIdeas United
Play 20: Playtime AnytimePlay 20: Playtime Anytime
- Eureka! Play Conference 2016: Power to the Playful!
- Play research: Play for Today
- Eureka! Experts
- Experts Blog
- Learning through play
- Ideas United
- Play 20: Playtime Anytime
Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul." - Friedrich Fröbel