The BTHA in conjunction with the National Toy Council (NTC) held a conference on ‘The Value of Toys and Play’ on 24th June 2009 at BAFTA, Piccadilly, London.

Please click on the links below to see the highlights of each presentation:



Professor Jeffrey Goldstein – Toys and Play in Child Development
Dr Kathleen Alfano – The Creation of Toys
Professor Brian Sutton-Smith – Toys as Playful Emotions
Len Almond – Toys, Active Play and Health

Sue Ware – Play as Therapy

Luisa Magalhaes – Toy Advertising on Television

Dr Amanda Gummer – Gender-Specific Play and Development

Professor David Buckingham – Children’s Play in the Digital Age

Professor Lydia Plowman – Young Children Learning with Toys and Technology at Home