GOSH Charity launches The Power of Play

8 Sep 2021, 12:05 a.m.

A picture of a family playing.

GOSH Charity has launched a new digital learning and entertainment hub to showcase how play can help children cope with life’s challenges, big or small.

The importance of play

The experts at GOSH know first-hand how play helps children feel happier and builds their emotional resilience. The hospital’s incredible Play team – the largest in Europe – helps ease the worries of hundreds of seriously ill children every day, as they prepare for treatments and go through their recovery.

With help from well-known characters – including Hey Duggee, Dennis and Gnasher, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and Peppy Pals (with more to come!) – parents can get tips on how play can help children cope with issues such as loneliness, making friends, sadness, handling loss, changing environments, fear of the unknown and coping with illness.

All of the activities on the hub have been written and created with the hospital’s Play team to help all families and children across the UK cope with whatever life throws at them through the power of play.

Find out more

Explore the hub

Visit the learning and entertainment hub to find:

  • A new poem narrated by Matt Lucas, who revisits Tweedledee and Tweedledum when the two are separated due to illness
  • An exclusive animation of Hey Duggee who uses play to help Frog when her new siblings arrive, and things feel different
  • A new Peter Pan story illustrated by Julian Beresford, in which Peter feels lonely but Tinker Bell devises a game to give Peter the confidence he needs to tackle his worries and make new friends
  • An exclusive issue of the Beano in which Dennis and Gnasher use play to come to terms with a cancer diagnosis
  • Animations from Peppy Pals show how play can help ease sadness and worry in all sorts of situations
  • Activity sheets designed to help children cope with everyday childhood challenges, are inspired by much-loved children’s books and their characters, including two picture book titles by Julia Donaldson: The Go Away Bird, illustrated by Catherine Rayner and The Paper Dolls, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb.
  • Step-by-step “how to” video guides from GOSH’s expert Play team demonstrating play techniques parents can adapt with their own children, including how to create memory boxes to help youngsters deal with change and uncertainty, giving them the best chance to thrive

Visit the Power of Play hub now to discover these and many more.

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