Looking for a great video that summarizes recent research about the importance of outdoor play? Trying to help others understand why kids need time for unstructured play? Here’s your solution, thank you David Suzuki (only available in Canada)!…/m/episodes/the-power-of-play

Check here for a whole bunch of other great videos that are good resources for anyone who supervises children at play.

The following books and articles provide great research-based evidence for the importance of loose parts play (indoors and outdoors) and natural play spaces. They will likely lead you to other key resources, too!

Children’s Unstructured Play, Canadian Public Health Association

Children’s right to play: An examination of the importance of play in the lives of children worldwide, By Stuart Lester and Wendy Russell (working papers in Early Childhood Development, No.57)

Children without play, by Fraser Brown and Sophie Webb

Children’s play and leisure: promoting a balanced approach, Health & Safety Executive

Lenore Skenazy’s blog, Free‐Range Kids

Loose Parts Manual, from Pop-up Adventure Play

Managing Risk in Play Provision: Implementation guide, by David Ball, Tim Gill and Bernard Spiegal

Natural Playgrounds and Outdoor Classrooms, by Green Schools Nova Scotia

No Fear: Growing up in a risk averse society, by Tim Gill

Play and risk, by Tim Gill for the Welsh Govt, by Tim Gill for PlayWales

The Play Deficit, by Peter Gray

A Playful Path, by Bernard Louis DeKoven

The Playwork Primer, by Penny Wilson

Play, naturally: A review of children’s natural play, by Stuart Lester and Martin Maudsley for PlayEngland

Risky Play: Why Children Love It and Need It, by Peter Gray

The Theory of Loose Parts, by Simon Nicholson

We Don’t Play with Guns Here, Penny Holland

Characteristics of Risky Play (2009), Ellen Sandseter

Risky Play And Children’s Well-Being (2021), Ellen Sandseter

Why Kids Are Suffering Today, Peter Gray – this may not seem as relevant, but worth reading to see his position on the importance of kids being able to choose their own activities, challenges, etc.. Loose parts play, and unstructured / (mostly) unsupervised play, can make a difference!

There are also lots of more current news and editorial items posted on my Facebook page!