It’s snow time for playing

As Winter tightens its grip on the UK we are seeing snow fall for the first time in a good while. I love it when the snow falls as you get to experience the word in a whole new way. For some children this may be their first experience of the snow and what a wonderful thing. A familiar world becoming unfamiliar.

Playing in the snow holds such great possibilities from the fascination of discovering the way ice and snowflakes form, to creating snow people and sculpting forms and structures.

Landscapes which support the enjoyment of seasonal change are vital as is the time to enjoy them. The seasonal change creates whole new rafts of ways of interacting with playful topography. sledging and sliding. Time to play, we don’t want to hear that there is no time for play especially in this temporary wonderland that is a white Winter.

When the snow is really heavy I love the way that the streets are returned from car dominance, people move slower and there is a quiet that hits the streets, space becomes so much more child friendly.

I just hope that you all find ways to enjoy it whilst the snow stays for a while. Just don’t forget your vests.

Hello and Welcome

Hello to those who have heard about Simply Play, the new Play Value assessment through the grapevine. Welcome to those of you who have read about Simply Play in various articles over the Summer. Thank you to all of you who have been part of the development of Simply Play.

The Simply Play assessment can now be accessed by clicking on the Survey tab above or if you wish it to open in a new window push the Brown Muddy Hand to the right of the screen.

After much testing and development, which can be read about in the History section of the website the Simply Play Assessment has now been released. This on-line version which you are able to access has been developed by members of Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University. Simply Play will send you your results as a chart by email as you reach the end of the 45 questions. We are continuing to work on improving some aspects of its functionality and design so all comments and feedback on your experience of using Simply Play are welcome.

The assessment could take around an hour to undertake depending on your familiarity with both the process and the space you are evaluating.

Content is being added to the website to help support the understanding of the themes in the Simply Play assessment and an understanding of Play.

Thank you for visiting. We hope that you find Simply Play a useful and effective part of your play space development. Feel free to contact us on info@simplyplay.org.uk if you have any questions or queries.