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LEGO Foundation's Boring Room Experiment Highlights Simplicity of Free Play

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Ketchum London and Mad Cow Films director Justin Hackney raise awareness of the importance of free play

LEGO Foundation's Boring Room Experiment Highlights Simplicity of Free Play

The Play Well 2022 report found, 84% of children wish they had more time to play. 

As part of their Build a World of Play campaign, the LEGO Foundation has conducted a social experiment to highlight the simplicity of play.

One boring room. 

One object. 

Six kids. 

Created by Ketchum London and directed by Justin Hackney from Mad Cow Films, the feel- good film raises awareness of the importance of free play for children, showing how it can come from the most unexpected of places…even a single roll of paper.

With children’s free play time continuously declining, the LEGO Foundation is striving to remind the world that playtime provides a crucial role in helping children develop skills like confidence, collaboration and concentration.

The film aims to inspire parents and caregivers to take Lego Foundations Play Pledge; making one moment a week more playful for their children. 

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO, The LEGO Foundation: “While we want to stress the urgency of a lack of playtime for children, our aim is also to highlight how easily this can be resolved. Learning and play can happen everywhere. We want to remind the world not only of the real value of play, but also how easy it can be to create an environment that enables play to flourish and key skills to develop, because we all run out of inspiration sometimes.”

Indy Selvarajah, ECD, Ketchum: “It’s so easy to overcomplicate play and overthink what it takes for kids to be playful. So we thought, let’s put them in a really uninspiring space, with just one roll of paper and watch what happens. And as you can see, they unleashed their imagination and creativity in bucket loads!” 

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Ketchum London

Executive Creative Director: Indy Selvarajah

Creative Director: Lipe Faria

Senior Creative: Emily Gosen

Head of Production: Jacqui Licorish

Designer: Carmel Langlois

Mad Cow Films

Director: Justin Hackney

Producer: Harry Moore

Executive Producer: Pete Chambers

Editor: Alice Halstead

Sound Engineer: Jack Maltby

Colourist: Jack Mcginity @ Cheat

Genres: People

Categories: Sports and Leisure, Toys

Ketchum, Wed, 11 May 2022 11:40:47 GMT