Play 52


Couldn’t we all do with a pocketful of play starters to pull out in any scenario and instantly lighten the mood? You are in luck! Play 52 is yours for just £4.95 a pack. There are now not one, not two, not three… but FIVE editions to choose from!

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 (bad pun intended!)

All profits from Play 52 will go to London Play, the charity working to make London childhoods better and brighter. Retailing at £4.95 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.

Click below to buy ‘Classic’, ‘Winter’, ‘London Icons’, ‘Royal Jubilee’ or ‘Tales from the Shed, Under 5s’ Play 52 packs via our Shopify store. For discounts on bulk purchases (10 or more packs) please get in touch with us directly.

CLICK HERE to purchase at our Shopify store, just £4.95+p&p
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