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 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 …

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 …

9 Games Worth Playing

Games with rules offer valuable learning opportunities for children; turn taking, playing fairly, winning and losing, cooperating, using strategy and building resilience.