The role of play during a global pandemic

The role of play during a global pandemic

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In a piece for the Centre for Active Living, Kassi Boyd, the Community Impact Coordinator at The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement, and a 3rd year PhD student in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation at the University of Alberta, and Dr. Jennifer Leo, Director of The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement, discuss the role of play as an important outlet for children and youth during the COVID-19 outbreak.

In their article, the authors discuss what play is and how children’s play may start to include COVID-19-related themes. They explain that this type of play may help children process current events and their feelings towards those events. The authors discuss the benefits of play during this time of fear and anxiety, and what adults can do to help support children in play. The article also includes a number of resources to help adults support play at home.

To read the full article, click here.