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Episode 13: Imaginative Play with Ben Kingston-Hughes 

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Alistair BryceClegg is joined by Ben Kingston-Hughes, international keynote speaker, author and multi award-winning trainer. In this episode, they discuss the transformative power of imaginative play, and its role in building confidence, fostering creativity and shaping future problem-solvers.  

Practical tips for practitioners

They highlight how encouraging children to use items unconventionally becomes a critical part of children’s development. They also stress the role of adults in facilitating rather than directing play, allowing children to experiment and create freely. This episode offers practical advice for practitioners on nurturing creativity and encouraging imaginative play, ensuring children grow up to be innovative and adaptable thinkers.  

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