By Zan I remember sitting outside the classroom with the teaching assistant. My pen was poised over an envelope trying to focus all my energies into handwriting my home address in the neatest way possible. I was 7 and we had been learning about letter writing in...
There was a phrase that we had come back to so many times over the years, that Suzanna had developed in response to a trend of particularly worrying adult risky play-enthusiasts. “You can’t go from zero to chainsaw,” she said. It meant: start where you’re at. It...
Dear Playwork friends, We’re so pleased to have been nominated and shortlisted as one of the potential recipients of the Altogether Different Award this year! Thank you so much! As one of the 5 awards at the Annual Playwork Awards, we’re particularly...
By Morgan Leichter-Saxby When I was a kid, I loved to tap out stories on my parents’ clunky beige word processor. I’d illustrate them with colored pencils and make little books. Each one was specific and precious to me and sharing them meant something. It was a...
We have been running the Playworker Development Course for almost 10 years now. It is still humbling to hear about people’s experiences while engaging with the course materials and how they apply playwork theory to real life. This is a guest written post by PDC...
Pop-Ups Zan was invited by the kind folks of Our Kids Social to host a celebratory pop-up adventure playground in a location that was new to her. She was able to recruit Luke Sutton – one of our PDC tutors – to co-playwork with her and together they...
There are some questions that we’ve been asked potentially hundreds of times – about risk, conversations with parents and liability. That doesn’t mean that our answers are any more tidy than they were in the beginning! These are good questions, bigger than they seem...
It’s been over a decade of Pop-Up Adventure Play and we are thankful to be reflecting on another year of play advocacy. This year, Pop-Up Adventure Play has continued to work on connecting playful folk around the world. This year Morgan and I have been...
I’ve struggled to write about Campference, both before and after it actually happened. I had ‘wheelbarrows full of potatoes’ written on a piece of card that I carried around for nearly a year. It was intended as the seed of a blog post on the most recent (and by far,...
There are some scenes I will forever associate with Campference… talking around the fire, watching sparks fly up while people laughed. Pushing wheelbarrows full of potatoes around. Seeing folks who have been emailing for months or years, finally meet face to face. If...
We began developing and running the Playworker Development Course (PDC) way back in 2013. It was designed to meet a very specific need: individual play advocates all around the world wanted to learn more about playwork theory and how to put it into action. Since then,...
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