Extensive research demonstrates the vital importance of children’s play for their well-being and development. However, as playworkers we tend to talk more in terms of the consequences of play deprivation – the instinct to play is central to our humanity, and frustrating that impulse hurts children. We often see play deprivation manifest as withdrawal, aggression or risk-aversion – both in children, and in adults.
For accessible, informative overviews, we recommend starting with:
Children’s Right to Play (Stuart Lester and Wendy Russell)
PlayReport – International Summary of Research Results (Fair Play for Children)
A World Without Play – A Literature Review (Play England)