#Play

Theatre Review: Every Seven Years, New Wimbledon Theatre

Robert Bradley | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

Our bodies, those lush round lumpy things we have to cart about from the cradle to the grave are a collection of the most important objects we'll ever...

Five Lessons You Can Learn From Your Child

Tim van der Vliet | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Parents
Tim van der Vliet

Why can I tell you about this? We have four kids, aged 17, 15, 12 and 3. I am not a parenting guru. Actually I raise our children from a 'know nothing' perspective. I allow myself to know nothing for sure. This makes me forever curious.

Children Spend Less Time Outdoors Than Prisoners

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Parents

One in two children spend an hour or less outside per day, in contrast to prisoners who are guaranteed two hours in the open air every day, a global s...

This DIY Cardboard Kitchen For Kids Is All Kinds Of Dreamy

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Parents

One mum proved that the cost of keeping your child entertained can be next to nothing with her dream-worthy DIY project. Rodessa Villanueva-Reyes, ...

No Matter What the Circumstance, Play Should Be a Part of a Child's Life

Clare Periton | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Parents
Clare Periton

Play is incredibly important to a child's emotional wellbeing. It is even more important for children with special needs to feel integrated into everyday society, doing the same things as their peers without judgement or limitation.

Using Theatre to Speak Out About Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Royal Air Force

Rebecca Crookshank | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rebecca Crookshank

I am so grateful to the arts; the power of creativity shines into the face of adversity and for me holds more weight than an official complaint, I will be heard.

Children With Disabilities Are Missing Out On Vital Play Opportunities

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Parents

Children with disabilities are missing out on play activities that are vital to their development, according to report released by Lord Blunkett. T...

Kids Wearing Giant Teddy Bears Is Unexpectedly Hilarious

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Parents

The giant teddy bears your child may win at a school fair or carnival so often get left in the corner of their bedrooms. But there seems to be a ne...

Football Manager 2016 and Keeping the Dissatisfied Workforce Quiet

Alfie Bown | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Tech
Alfie Bown

What we see in Football Manager is the replacement of the real playmate with a virtual one so that every gamer can take successful revenge on the computer. In the solitary world of Football Manager, no one has to lose. This active revenge is taken against the computer for a passive defeat suffered at work.

How Seriously Do You Take Your Play Time? 10 Ways to Put the Vital Into Vitality

Kate Taylor | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Taylor

I'm serious. How often do you factor fun into your busy schedule? And by fun I mean pure unadulterated snorting, letting a bit of wee out, silly fun? Once a day? Once a week? Once a month? Once a year?

Three Techniques to Help Clingy Kids With Independent Play

Jude Hurrell | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Parents
Jude Hurrell

Ever feel like you're throwing yourself into a bottomless pit of need? Ever feel like the pit is so wide and deep, you don't even touch the sides? Ever feel like no matter how much you give, your child still has more to take?

Push The Button, Playable City 2015

Clare Reddington | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Tech
Clare Reddington

We have a very strong, international shortlist of seven - honed down from the 197 entries we received from 60 countries. The projects vary hugely - from event-based spectacular projects to quieter, more ambient installations. Across the board though, the standard is high.

'Death of a Salesman' Is Miller's Stark Warning

Ellie Widdowson | Posted 21.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ellie Widdowson

It struck me that Miller was way ahead of his time in his critique of the American dream and capitalism. We exist inside a consumerist bubble full of false images of beauty and success where we've lost touch with what's actually important.

Did Bruce Lee play Barbies?

Allison Martin | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Parents
Allison Martin

Why shouldn't girls climb trees which can promote courage and the ability to take risks? But, equally, why shouldn't little boys play games that bring to the fore no-less important qualities such as empathy and kindness?

Helpful Tips for Lego Organisation

Natasha Batsford | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Parents
Natasha Batsford

If you came here thinking I was going to tell you how to organise Lego, then I'm afraid you've come to the wrong place; I'm the one who's after the help.

What Are We Pouring Into Our Children?

Michelle Holmes | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Holmes

When there is such an emphasis on achieving, regular assessments, bigger class sizes at school with lessons led by overworked teachers dealing with classes of children with increased varying educational needs and staff without adequate support or training, these statistics support my experience of children that are stressed and unable to articulate their feelings.

Theatre Maketh the Man

Danielle Wood | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Danielle Wood

As an avid theatre attendee it is a pressing concern of mine - without crunching too many numbers or exhausting the topic - that the prize of theatre tickets in London's dazzling West End are increasing to astronomical heights.

Play Ideas to Help Kids Become Less Shy

Patricia Evans | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Patricia Evans

Children nowadays face a lot of societal pressures. We expect them to be achievers in school or sports, have many friends and be better than the next kid. Parents tend to push their children to mingle with other kids, putting them in the spotlight. However, this does not only increase your kid's shyness, it also makes them feel insufficient and affects their overall confidence level.

Five Golden Habits for Daily Life: Because Our Thoughts Become Our Actions

Anna Roth | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Roth

How conscious are you in your experience of daily life? Do you have fun? Do you create exciting projects and share your time with those you love? Or are you unhappy? Are you always complaining about loss? Are you waiting for somebody else to make the move that will take you out of your comfort zone to a better place?

The Toys of Boomtown

Ben Barker | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Tech
Ben Barker

What culture will we find in the urban spaces of the future? How is meaning articulated in cities beyond the often empty rhetoric of efficiency and progress? Our team (see below) are midway through a project that looks at possible high growth towns of the future through the forms of play found there.

The Emails Can Wait, My Two-Year-Old Needs to Play

Kiran Chug | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

I don't want my son to have to ask me again and again and again all day to play with him. He shouldn't have to ask. I don't want my son to have a kind of resigned sadness in his voice that gives away that he fully expects me to say "later." I don't want my son to give up on me playing with him.

Mothers: Held Accountable Since 1550

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

It used to be discipline that parents were encouraged to compete on. Whose child could sit at the table longest, who could rock the naughty step concept with most conviction. Now it's craft. Craft, craft, craft. And I suck at it.

10 Ways to Avoid Gender Stereotyping in Children

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

Try to resist seeing the world in pink and blue, despite the inevitable monochrome bombardment you'll face from the moment of your first child's birth. Despite what you're told, open your mind to the idea that both genders can appreciate a diverse palette.

Gamification: Captivating Consumers, Play by Play

Howard Kingston | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Tech
Howard Kingston

Every brand in the know is buzzing about gamification in marketing as a "must have" strategy. In order to be successful, brands should know why and how marketers put gamification into practice to create interesting and impactful advertising.

The Nature Dollar

David Bond | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
David Bond

It's always nice to get a good review. Here at my production company Green Lions, we have just spent three years of our lives on a film, PROJECT WILD THING and it is gratifying to find out that people enjoyed it.