The serious business of play…

‘Play’ can often attract negative responses  – frequently seen as the opposite of ‘work’, messing around or even as something ‘childish’. 

We disagree with this strongly. And we often talk about ‘plearning’ – a term coined by a talented 3 year old (Cian). It is a perfect word for ‘learning through play’ – whatever age you are! 

It was great today to come across ‘PlayDUcation’ whilst checking out the new edition of ‘Out of Our Minds’ (Ken Robinson). They have a presence on facebook and a website which is worth checking out. Bring on that learning revolution!


Also worth a look is the Ken Robinson book …and we particularly liked this excerpt from the ‘write up’.


‘I remember when I was running the national commission on creativity, education and the economy in the U.K., the Secretary of State there said, “We’re very committed to creativity in education but we’ve got to get literacy and numeracy right first.” And I said, this is just a basic misunderstanding. It’s like saying we’re going to bake a cake and if it works out, then we’ll put the eggs in. That’s not how it works. If you want people to be literate, you have to get them passionate about reading and that’s a creative job. To think of it as an afterthought or in conflict of the core purposes, is a misconception of what creativity is. Creative leaders get that. And if they don’t they will.’


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