About Play 52
Children have had it hard during the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty looks likely to continue. Couldn’t we all do with a pocketful of playful tricks to pull out in any given scenario, to instantly lighten the mood? It’s Play 52 to the rescue!
To the untrained eye, Play 52 may look like an ordinary pack of playing cards. But closer inspection reveals that each of the 52 beautifully rendered cards features a unique playful idea or game for children 11 and under – devised by the creative dynamos at London Play, the best little play charity in the world.
Even better, the activity described on each card is just a starting point for fun, intended to spark players’ imaginations to greater creative heights. Each suit represents a different type of play: so there are 13 ideas for messy and noisy play; 13 for outdoor games; another 13 for indoors and finally, 13 for small spaces, queues and cars.
With the help of a few simple props that are readily found around the house (eg scarves, plastic containers, balloons and pencils), the games engage kids with simple no-tech delights. Although the ideas are unique and devised exclusively for the pack, parents and grandparents are bound to recognise the hallmarks of their own childhood pursuits – big on imagination and experimentation; small on ‘stuff’. For example, one game gets children making a remote control to operate their granny or little brother; another transforms them into make-up artistes, blindfolded! Some games can even be played over the phone or on a video call with distant or isolating family and friends. Whatever the situation, there is sure to be a game to suit (pun fully intended!)
Aliya, mum to Nina (10) and Ethan (8) said: “At the start of lockdown I felt really stressed juggling all my new roles; ‘children’s entertainer’ is not my forte! Play 52 was so welcome in our house. The cards are brilliant fun with so many ideas for games. Best part of Play 52? It got Nina and Ethan off their screens and playing like I used to as a child.”
Around 2,000 packs have already been road tested by hard-to-impress children stuck at home when London’s adventure playgrounds closed at the height of the coronavirus lockdown. They gave Play 52 a unanimous ‘thumbs up’ so children of all temperaments, interests and persuasions are sure to find something to keep them entertained here.
All profits from Play 52 will go to London Play, the charity working to make London childhoods better and brighter. Retailing at £4.99 a pack, Play 52 is a great investment for any family; as the cards will not only bring fun and laughter to their own household, but also to children living in difficult circumstances in London.
To order your pack(s) click here.