In this film Michael Rosen introduces the history of pretend play.
Pretend play is an important part of children's development, Jackie Marsh examines the progress of pretend play.
Pretend play is essentially dramatic. The banal is transformed into the fantastical, a puddle becomes an ocean, a stick becomes a sword.
An animation about the 'pretend play'
Professor Andrew Burn and Steve Roud discuss how childhood has changed over the last few decades.
Steve Roud, drawing on the research of Professor Kathryn Marsh, discusses whether children’s games and songs have become more diverse as playgrounds become increasingly multi-ethnic.
Professor Andrew Burn explores the way in which media cultures influence children in the playground.
Doctor Chris Richards explores the role of ‘play fighting’ on the playground.
Steve Roud explores the way in which boys and girls play together on the playground.
Doctor Rebekah Willett explores how children bring imaginative narratives and language into their games such as running around games, socio-dramatic play, fantasy play and singing and dancing games.
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