Traditional games survive

Traditional playground games such as tag and skipping have survived the competition from much more modern alternatives, a study has shown.

Modern children pretend to be Harry Potter, Beyoncé or contestants on Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor during playtime, research found.

But historic games are still popular, despite fears that computer games and other media are destroying traditional play, according to researchers at the Institute of Education and the universities of East London and Sheffield.

Incorporating pop stars, television and film characters and stories enriches children’s games, songs and jokes, according to the study. Professor Jackie Marsh, of the University of Sheffield, said: “The playground provides an important space for children to engage with how their culture is changing in a digital age”.

 

Original Article  – (Sunday Times, but by a Daily Telegraph Reporter – June 2011)