Episode 122: Supporting Outdoor Play with Angela Hanscom

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare speaks with Angela Hanscom, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and author of Balanced and Barefoot. How unrestricted outdoor play makes for strong, confident, and capable children. Nature is at the centre of everything Angela does, and also central to our conversation. From the developmental benefits of being outdoors, to how to encourage …

Episode 116: Our Favourite Games

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare shares the games her family love to play. Spot It! Rummikib Uno Skip-Bo Bananagrams Five Crowns LISTEN HERE What are your family’s favourite games to play?

Episode 101: Playful Literacy with Lisa Burman

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare speaks with Pedagocial Consultant Lisa Burman, about the roots of literacy. This conversation centres around three foundations of reading, writing and spelling –  symbolic play, oral language and mark making. Links for this episode: LisaBurman.com.au LisaBurman.thinkific.com Lisa Burman on Facebook (‘Lisa Burman  – Consulting in Pedagogical Growth’)   LISTEN HERE  

Episode 75: Play Therapy with Renae Plueckhahn 

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast Clare dives into the topic of play therapy, with guest Renae Plueckhahn. So what is play therapy? Which children benefit? And how can we play in a more beneficial way with the children in our life? Links for this episode: Renae’s Website: Play Therapy SA Renae’s Facebook Page: Play Therapy SA Jo’s …

Episode 71: Play Deprivation with Gerda Foster 

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare chats with Gerda Foster about play deprivation. Gerda is a Criminologist, who works in a maximum security jail. This is a conversation about many things but ultimately, our pressing need as human beings to both play and connect. Listen in to hear: The connection between prison inmates and missed play experiences …

Wrestle with Me?

While play is universal, meaning that children find mutual ground beyond the barriers of language and culture, differing beliefs surrounding play clearly influences what transpires.

5 Ways to be More Playful

Bit by bit, I’m bringing back my playful side. And my determination to do so stems from two recent aha moments.

Episode 55: Conference Convo (All Things Play)

In this episode Clare and Nat Smith (from Brilliant Boys)  share their experiences from day one at this year’s National Play & Playwork Conference. As roommates in Melbourne, they chat informally about the presentations they heard and the take aways they gleaned (and you get to listen in too). Links for this episode: Play & Playwork Video (mentioned by Nat) The …

Episode 44: Loose Parts with Justine Walsh 

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare chats with Justine Walsh from Journey into Play. We cover: Justine’s story of evolution as an educator The importance of creating spaces that prioritise opportunity rather than ‘prettiness’ What loose parts are and where to source them How to combine their use with the playwork approach Links for this episode: Journey …

On Stage with Clare

This year I had the absolute pleasure of taking part in The Wellness Summit-not as an attendee but as a podcaster.

Episode 42: Playwork with Marc Armitage

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare chats with Marc Armitage, Playworker, Writer and Researcher in children’s play. This fascinating conversation gets into the nitty gritty of what playwork is, why children will always be found playing, the importance of flow, and why ‘learning through play’ is a trap. Links for this episode: Malarkey Playwork Website Malarkey Playwork …

Episode 33: Risky Play

We want our children to be safe at all times. To be free of harm and injury. To keep those visits to the emergency ward to a minimum. Yet children need to engage with play that pushes the boundaries of their physical or emotional safety. That’s how they build resilience. It’s how they truly learn cause and effect-by experiencing life rather than being …

Play: Educator Toolkit

Let’s talk about playing. These very words conjure a different response in educators.