Exploring Play: a free online course

The Importance of Play in Everyday Life

Understanding the nature and value of play through the course of our lives, across cultures and communities.

Posted: 10/03/2022

‘In this course we aim to persuade you that, to the contrary, play is immensely varied, important and complex across the whole span of our lives.

In this course we’ll introduce you to a range of play worlds and play lives. We’ll be taking in the history of play at the Museum of Childhood in London; discovering how everyday knowledge informs playfulness and imagination; visiting virtual worlds where the boundaries between fantasy and reality are blurred; exploring outdoor play spaces in towns, cities and parks; looking at how play spaces can be designed to encourage playfulness; and seeing what happens when players bend the rules.

Through this course we hope to help you to think differently about play, and discover why something that is so often taken for granted is actually very important and significant to us all.’

Read more about this course (takes you to FutureLearn website)

This course is provided by The University of Sheffield through FutureLearn.

It starts on 29 September for 7 weeks and is approximately 3 hours a week. There is a certificate available. YOU CAN JOIN LATE.

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