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April 28th 2014

Playing, obesity, well-meaning adults, a bit of history and a dose of reality
(Marcs Blog)

The approach that often well-meaning campaigns, such as the latest Irish ‘Let’s take on childhood obesity’ campaign, adopt in relation to children playing, often leaves me cold. This current Irish campaign takes on the slogan ‘Bring Back Play’ and helpfully lists a number of good old favourite games that parents should reintroduce to their children. Games such as, ‘Duck, Duck Goose’, ‘Kerbs’, and ‘Kick the Can’. It asks par...
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July 27th 2013

Stones, Pockets and Mystics – for Belle
(Marcs Blog)

    Let’s face it, I don’t do face to face work very much anymore. I’m one of those fancy consultant fellers now. What I do is … hang on, I’ll just read the blub … erm, it’s ‘travel the world advocating, imparting knowledge and enthusing people around children playing’ (not play notice, important point there). Glad we got that settled. But something happened the other day after a visit to an environmental park and p...
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February 12th 2013

Toy Guns and Robbers: real or un-real PART 1
(Marcs Blog)

  Playmobil, the German based toy manufacturer, have produced a new play set. And the Daily Mirror is outraged. The official name of the set is the Bank with Safe set in which “Money can be drawn from the functional ATM/cash machine.” But The Mirror, and a number of other media outlets, have described the set as a "Bank Raid Toy Set" in which “Gun-toting action figures mean four year olds can act out bank robbery.” Moral outraged was e...
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January 16th 2013

Children's Independent Mobility - a radio interview
(Marc Armitage)

Marc Armitage (Independent Children's Play Consultant) and Ingrid Wilkinson (Nature Play Volunteer Coordinator with Play England) took part in an radio interview with BBC Radio Humberside on Wednesday 16th January 2013 to discuss children's independent mobility in the light of recently published research by the Policy Studies Institute. To listen to the interview (16 minutes) click the radio button.       You can download a two p...
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January 2nd 2013

Beyond the comfort zone lie the riches of new possibilities
(Marcs Blog)

Over the last year I have been posting a regular Monday Morning Quote on my Facebook page. I haven’t managed every Monday but there have been twenty-nine quotes in 2012 and apart from the obvious - they all have something to do with children and young people - there is something else about them that is a little less apparent. Here’s a clue. This year’s quotes have included contributions from: An actor, an evolutionary biologist, a primary school headteacher, a coup...
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January 1st 2013

RESIDENTIAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITY with MARC and STEVE
(Marc Armitage)

  Come February you’ll all be bored – you know you will!   So why not join us on our two-day Residential Course Number (3) at Balbriggan in County Dublin (Ireland) in late February 2013?   The next residential in January, number (2), is fully booked already – places on number (3) are strictly limited … so, chop chop.         Click on flyer attached for more details and booking details...
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November 30th 2012

Fuzzy and headless children
(Marcs Blog)

Some months ago I was half-watching the midday edition of the news on BBC television when a story came on about a school issue. The story itself was not particularly significant, certainly not to this tale anyway. No, what was significant were the images of the children on screen in support of the story. They were what I call ‘fuzzy and headless children’ – shots of children’s legs only or images of children that are so fuzzy that individuals cannot be identified. ...
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November 6th 2012

UK PLAYWORKERS – A CALL TO ARMS?
(Marc Armitage)

  An Open Letter to all those involved in Playwork across the UK from Marc Armitage.   Please share as widely as possible.     "Time to start fighting - collectively."     *Click image to open*   ...
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October 13th 2012

Blog – from Space hero to pop star
(Marcs Blog)

  When I was living and working in Sweden, a friend and fellow PhD student of mine with the Högskolan i Halmstad (the University of Halmstad) called Anders Nelson, now Dean of the University, told me a story about his young son Viktor. At one stage Viktor had a thing about Buzz ‘To infinity and beyond’ Lightyear – and frankly who wouldn’t? Buzz was a movie star (first in the film Toy Story, then later in the follow-up Toy Story 2, and more recently in...
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October 3rd 2012

Who has the right to smack whom?
(Marcs Blog)

    Delaware, the first US State and oldest of the original 13 colonies, has become the first to prohibit corporal punishment (the smacking of children) by their own parents (26th September 2012). Thirty-one of the fifty States plus the District of Columbia have previously banned corporal punishment in schools (including Delaware in 2003) but this is the first case of a State banning corporal punishment of children in all circumstances.    It is inte...
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