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:
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.
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.