Our children are born primed with potential, ready to rapidly grow and learn how to survive and thrive in the world. To help them do so, evolution has placed in their hands a flexible, quirky, unpredictable tool - useful when messing about and experimenting with the rich natural setting of planet earth. It’s called play, and children have a strong instinctive drive to engage with it. It is, in fact, essential to their development into healthy, happy and socially aware adults.
In this talk natural play expert Mike Jones will set out the state of play in Britain, the importance of free, self-directed play and offer ideas for creating playgrounds that no child can resist.