Further Reading:

If you want to dive deeper into the field of play, I have collected some recommended reading (articles, blog posts and books) below:

Articles & blog posts:

30 Magical Photos Of Children Playing Around The World

American Journal of Play – a great resource for insightful writing about play.

Deep Fun – a website and blog by Bernie DeKoven, full of amazing posts and wonderful games.

Gill, Tim (2017): The child as an indicator species for cities: reflections on Philadelphia

Gopnik, Alison (2016): In Defense of Play

Gray, Peter (2014): Risky Play: Why Children Love It and Need It

Playtimes – “Playtimes is an online collection of film and audio recordings documenting 100 years of children’s songs, rhymes and games”

Poulsen, Mathias (2016): The Problem With Playgrounds

Poulsen, Mathias (2016): The Togetherness of Play

Poulsen, Mathias (2017): Designing CounterPlay



Bateson, Patrick & Martin, Paul (2013): Play, Playfulness, Creativity and Innovation 

Brown, Stuart (2009): Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul

DeKoven, Bernie (2014): A Playful Path

Henricks, Thomas S. (2006): Play Reconsidered: Sociological Perspectives on Human Expression

Henricks, Thomas S. (2015): Play and the Human Condition

Sicart, Miguel (2014): Play Matters

Sutton-Smith, Brian (1997): The Ambiguity of Play


We are also trying to collect relevant books about play – check it out here.