The Power of Play

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Giving children the power to cope with whatever life throws at them.

Play is a powerful tool

Adults and children alike, we’re all getting to grips with how to live in this new, temporary ‘normal’.

But children have one simple, yet powerful tool at their fingertips to help them cope with the anxiety caused by a pandemic. Play.

Whether they’re battling boredom, pining for the playground or generally unsure about the current situation, play helps children be more resilient and feel better. Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) knows this because, with the largest hospital Play team in Europe, they’ve helped hundreds of thousands of seriously ill children deal with their treatment and recovery through play.

The new ‘normal’ for families across the UK is GOSH's ‘normal’ every day, as the Play team supports children in isolation on wards who are undergoing treatment for long periods. Funded by Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, the team has a wealth of expertise to share across the UK and beyond – to help all children with the uncertainties of today.

See below for a treasure trove of games, tips and resources from the Play team to help your family through this worrying time.