By Morgan 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....
By Zan It’s 2021 and we rejoice in the start of a brand new year! The unpredictability of 2020 has taught us make some positive and achievable plans for this year and having thought long and hard, we’d like to share them with you: As per our announcement,...
By Morgan Right now, my world is under nearly three feet of snow. It is even quieter in Vermont than usual, and I can hear the busy woodpeckers hammering away above, and a stream gurgling determinedly at the bottom of the garden. Getting anywhere new, off the...
By Morgan It can feel odd sometimes, to be an adult who talks about play so much. Advocating means saying yes: play is important for children at school. Yes: play is important for communities, for the earth. Whatever the conversation, play should be part of it. Play...
By Morgan We are so enormously excited about the upcoming Prioritizing Play Conference! Kelsey of KOOP Adventure Play has gathered a remarkably knowledgeable, talented, and genuinely diverse line-up of play and playwork people. This is going to be a 7-week online...
Our Playworker Development Course brings people together from all over the world to talk about playwork. Divya is from India. She joined the course in March 2019, with the intention of channeling her passion for play. She successfully completed the course in March...
Maritza has been a friend to Pop-Ups for several years. She is a gifted playworker at AP at the Parish School, warm host to Campference visitors, and creator of truly magnificent pupusas. As a student on our Playworker Development Course, Maritza has now shared a...
Our Playworker Development Course brings people together from all over the world to talk about playwork. Divya is from India. She joined the course in March 2019, with the intention of channelling her passion for play. She successfully completed the course in March...
By Morgan This one goes out to Anthony from Vivo, who asked “but how do I clean this tub full of pool noodle chunks?” He asked it worried, laughing, earnest. It felt like a quintessential playworker question – knowing the value of what looks like trash, needing...
By Pop-Ups Morgan Every adventure playground is unique. There are definitely trends across them – longtime fans will recognize patterns of handmade wooden constructions, enthusiastically painted. More mud than grass. Weird trash, emerging from the landscape....
By Morgan There are some questions we’ve asked a thousand times. “What is play?” “What did you love, when you were a child?” “What do you do for fun, these days?” It’s part of our warm-up routine, when standing in front of teachers, childcare professionals, parents...
By Morgan Times like these, it’s tempting to focus occasionally on fun times years ago, or future plans far enough away to get excited about now. Claude Stephens, and the good people of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, have been helping us do both this...
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