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Taking play seriously - Investing in Europe’s Future


It is vital that children do play outdoors unsupervised, and not just for the exercise.

Obesity is an environmental issue not a disease. Children growing up in the 1950s and 1960s were not obese. Virtually all people over 60 (and many younger) remember walking to infant school without an adult. Most travelled unaccompanied from the age of five after being taken for a couple of weeks by a parent. Children would also be able to run around in their own street and go on errands at this age. In other words, they had daily healthy exercise at no cost in money or time to the government and their parents.

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14 September

Research has found a relationship between pretend play and a child’s developing creativity

Research has found a relationship between pretend play and a child’s social competence with peers. The studies that connect pretend play to all of those positive outcomes are correlational. In other words, a socially astute, competent child might be more interested in pretend play, rather than pretend play making a child more socially astute.

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4 July



Bringing Play to Children Young and Old

Renate Fuchs, Coordinator of the European Toy Libraries Group

Play has always been a part of human life and, like everything else around us, it changes over time.

Since the first toy libraries were set up in Europe around 40 years ago, we have seen a lot of changes in the types of play we bring to children. In the beginning, it was mainly about board games and traditional toys like vehicles. Over the years the range of toys and play we offer has expanded.

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15 September

Plearning: enjoying learning for better outcomes

Eszter Salamon, President of the European Parents’ Association

Parents always want the best for their children and also they are solely responsible for bringing them up, so a question that often comes is: how can they best educate their children? Plearning, playful learning, is surely one of the most important concepts we need to introduce to find the answer.

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21 June


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