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Play can be beneficial for children’s learning and their wellbeing. On BOLD in May, authors explore what children can gain from playful learning in public spaces and adventurous play.

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The Playful Learning Landscapes project studies and creates educational activities for public spaces, explains Eva Amsen. In one schoolyard, repainting the lines on a basketball court meant it could be used to play math-based games. The pandemic seems to have led to renewed interest in this kind of learning in shared spaces, says Eva Amsen. Read the article here. 

Children need space to explore and learn about the world. Micromanaging their play, says Melissa Hogenboom, may affect their development in ways researchers are now beginning to understand more fully. Letting children engage in adventurous play may promote their mental wellbeing, Hogenboom says. Read the article here. 

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