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My Understanding of Play

Granny Playwork - Jacky Kilvington

I will be sharing the new things I have learned (and continue to learn) about, children and play from my 6 grandchildren (aged from one to fifteen years) and outlining what I feel I can offer them as a playful granny using knowledge and reflection from my years being involved practicing, learning and writing about play and playwork. There will be discussion/activity about how playwork knowledge can be used in contexts outside of playwork - when it's appropriate and when not!

TIME: 9:30 LENGTH: 1.5 hours TARGET AUDIENCE: For Anyone

There is no such thing as Free Play! - Meynell

When talking about play I often hear people using the phrase 'free play' as if supposing that there is such a thing as structured play. We also, in playwork, talk about play being freely chosen. In this session I am going to talk a lot about play and what it truly is. I am going to be challenging and provocative. I an going to try to shatter some myths and probably pose more questions than I solve. I will then respond to questions.

TIME: 11:15 LENGTH: 1.5 hours TARGET AUDIENCE: Wanting More

A Spoonful of Sugar...as a metaphor for play - Natasha Blok

Former sensory scientist and budding Play Pirate, toucantoo founder Natasha Blok, invites you to join her on a sensory adventure playing with your taste, sight, touch, sound, smell …and senses you might not have even known you had!

Explore the world from different perspectives and experience how through a range of games we can shed new light on how all ages interact with the world. 

Using both led and self-led games and activities, get creative and have fun experimenting. Dive into the unknown, build connections and trust between each another. The session is designed to encourage curiosity, to push our boundaries and test the limits of what we thought we knew. This is the session for if you want to get stuck in!

TIME: 14:30 LENGTH: 1 hour TARGET AUDIENCE: For Anyone

The playful human urge to create and explore - Mick Conway

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up.” (Picasso)
How come nobody under five ‘knows’ they can’t draw? Why is it that children constantly create and tell themselves (and others) stories as they play, but only around 10% of adults continue to make art? 
What happens to the boundless creativity of children, and what are the implications for playwork?

TIME: 15:30 LENGTH: 1 hour TARGET AUDIENCE: For Anyone

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