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Children Need To Hop, Skip And Jump Back Into The Real World

24 August, 2015 - Children Need To Hop, Skip And Jump Back Into The Real World   1/3 of children value entertainment technology over traditional play Only 2 in 10 parents understand the benefits of traditional play to their child’s development 20% of parents believe too much outdoor play could have a negative impact on their child   New […]

Play Principles launched at Toy Fair 2015

20 January, 2015 - Play Principles launched at Toy Fair call for political focus on the importance of play for child development   Today at the London Toy Fair the Make Time 2 Play campaign launched five play principles to ask politicians, in the lead up to the elections, to consider the importance of play for the healthy development of […]

Beat children’s body image issues through play, says new report

9 July, 2013 - Active play gives less sporty children the confidence to beat anxieties, claims Make Time 2 Play ambassador Dr Linda Papadopoulos With children as young as five expressing concerns about the way they look, parents, schools and policy makers must work together to improve children’s body image issues

63% OF PARENTS BELIEVE IT IS MORE DANGEROUS TO PLAY OUTSIDE NOW THAN WHEN THEY WERE CHILDREN

12 June, 2013 - Parents should try and step out of their comfort zone to strike the right balance between safety and encouraging children to play outdoors, says Make Time 2 Play Ambassador Dr Linda Papadopoulos

Under Doctor’s Orders

4 June, 2013 -   UNDER DOCTOR’S ORDERS The Make Time 2 Play campaign has appointed Dr Linda Papadopoulos as Ambassador to help spearhead its work throughout the year. Dr Papadopoulos is a respected and popular counselling psychologist known for her work on children’s issues and the effects of media and societal change on children’s social and emotional development. The […]

BEAT THE HALF-TERM BLUES

20 February, 2013 -   BEAT THE HALF-TERM BLUES Make Time To Play app has hundreds of ideas to keep children occupied over the holiday. Stuck for new ideas to keep the children busy over the February half-term holiday? The Make Time To Play campaign offers some great free and low-cost play ideas to engage children both indoors and […]

GETTING KIDS ACTIVE: IT’S JUST CHILD’S PLAY

26 March, 2012 - Play sessions get kids more active than at any other time of the school day according to new report New research has revealed that playing is the best route to physical activity for primary school children. The study, undertaken by the British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA) and the Institute of Youth Sport at Loughborough […]

IT’S MORE VALUABLE THAN JUST CHILD’S PLAY

20 March, 2012 -   IT’S MORE VALUABLE THAN JUST CHILD’S PLAY Play sessions get kids more active than at any other time of the school day according to new report Children are more active when given time to play than at any other time in school, including break- times, lunch-times and some school PE lessons, new research by the […]

PARENTS CAN BE ‘APPY TOO WITH NEW PLAY APP

25 January, 2012 - A new phone app to assist parents stuck for play ideas has been launched today, the 25th January by the British Toy and Hobby Association [BTHA], as part of their ‘Make Time to Play’ campaign. The ‘Make Time to Play’ app, launched at Toy Fair; the only dedicated toy, game and hobby exhibition in the UK, is designed to give parents a bank of play ideas for each day of the year, offering them a quick and easy way of making time to play.

Fears for a ‘Robot Generation’

12 May, 2011 - New research reveals the harm a lack of play may have on future generations Experts revealed today that children could become part of a ‘Robot Generation’ lacking social skills, creative skills and the ability to interact with others if they are not given the opportunity to play regularly. The expert predictions were supported by research […]

ALL WORK AND NO PLAY AS SCHOOLS RESTRICT PLAYTIME

1 September, 2010 -   ALL WORK AND NO PLAY AS SCHOOLS RESTRICT PLAYTIME New research released today reveals that parents feel their children’s playtime is being limited at primary school to the potential detriment of their academic progress. The British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA) and Play England who commissioned this survey ahead of children going back to […]

CHILDREN GET JUST ONE HOUR OF PLAY A DAY

15 June, 2010 -   CHILDREN GET JUST ONE HOUR OF PLAY A DAY Figures released today by The British Toy and Hobby Association (BTHA) and Play England show that parents feel their children are not having enough playtime with the average child playing for just over one hour (70 minutes) each day. Parents would like to see this […]

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