Once the most popular games in Britain, skipping games have seen a recent decline in playground popularity. Explore more about their history, development and benefits here.
Ball games have a long cultural history, discover more about their past and the ways in which they feature in modern day playgrounds.
Explore the history, variety and continued development of this important and popular genre of play.
As adults we are all influenced by day-to-day world around us, children are no exception. Children's play is impacted by many factors including the media, fashion, books, gender and ethnicity – view the videos below to explore more.
Over the decades children have developed their own ways of democratically deciding who is to be 'it' or in which team, discover more here.
Humour plays an important role in children's play and their development of verbal and social skills – explore the role of jokes and rude rhymes in the playground.
Children can develop seemingly endless games based around physical objects they see around them.
Children can use pretend play to explore a myrid of situations from bereavement to cooking a meal, flying a spaceship to caring for a baby. Discover more about this important aspect of childhood.
Running around is perennially popular among children, explore the ways children often structure and develop these games.
Many of the singing and dancing games that children play today have long and convoluted histories, learn more about this genre of play here.