#Play

The Royale (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

The Royale is a very muscular, frenetic play that kicks off with Jay fighting a bout with a newcomer, played by an engaging Martins Imhangbe. Brilliantly staged, the entire drama is set in a boxing ring, just a wooden-slated floor that becomes the whole world.

Why Toddlers Find It Impossible To Share

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Parents

My daughter used to love sharing, happily passing toys to other kids in the toddler group. Fast forward to two and a half and she no longer ‘does’...

Be Your Toddler's Ultimate Play Date With These Tips

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Parents

Playing with children: easy, isn’t it? You just sit there, pick up some wooden bricks and build your own tower next to theirs... That might be how o...

Why Active Play Is So Important For Toddlers

The Huffington Post | Jackie Gallego | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Parents

We learn best by doing throughout the whole of our lives. The foundations of learning by doing are laid early in your child’s life, so it’s import...

Magnificence By Howard Brenton

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

As the lights dim in the Finborough Theatre, a faint commotion can be heard coming from the corridor outside. The auditorium has become a disused buil...

10 Mess-Free Sensory Learning Ideas To Try At Home

Georgia James | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Parents

Sensory play activities are a great way to keep your toddler amused without resorting to the lure of the TV. And more than that, they can play an impo...

Autism Research Findings Provide Good Advice For All Parents

Dr Amanda Gummer | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Parents
Dr Amanda Gummer

It is great to see results such as these that prove that interventions can work and have a long lasting impact on children and families suffering with autism. But it's also really important to point out here that engaged parenting methods, focusing on play and social interaction is beneficial for all children, not just those with autism.

Why Children Love To Play

The Huffington Post | Tamsin Kelly | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Parents

Play is lots of fun for your toddler, but it’s also essential for your child’s emotional, social and physical development. You’re still the best...

Much Ado About Nothing At Selfridges

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

The Faction theatre company and Selfridges have come together to create a production that makes the work of William Shakespeare very accessible and engaging. Elements including fashion, social media and tabloids are effectively incorporated to provide parallels to modern times.

Why A Cardboard Box Is All Your Child Needs

Tamsin Kelly | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Parents

The most alluring potential toy for your tot? Nope, not your iPad mini/ the TV remote/your smartphone. It’s an empty cardboard box. With infinite po...

How To Unlock Your Child's Creativity

Written by Mary Common | Phillip Othen | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Parents

We assume that creativity is an innate talent that only some children possess. But actually, all children have the ability to be creative, and it is a...

All The Story of The Night Told Over...

Caragh Little | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Caragh Little

This was a special production, too, in that the parts of Shakespeare's 'Mechanicals', the working men of Athens who stage the play-within-a-play at Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding feast, were played by actors from local amateur dramatic groups in each region visited by the tour, and the parts of fairy attendants being played by local schoolchildren.

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 15.10.2016 | 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 15.07.2016 | 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 08.06.2016 | 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.