It takes all types

Philip Waters
Wednesday, September 10, 2003

In the first of a new series on 'play theory', playwork co-ordinator Philip Waters explores the different types of children's play and how to offer a child a freely-chosen play environent Not too long ago I observed some children playing in a muddy hole pretending to be archaeologists. Each child seemed to have a particular role; some were busy digging at the soft earth with their spoons until they would find something of interest, while others washed the artefacts and delivered them to the 'museum' - which in this case was a parachute tied to a tree branch.

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