"That Smidge of Chaos - that's how we like it"
Iona and Peter Opie explored children's literature, nursery rhymes, childhood street culture, and playground games in a remarkable series of books, published between 1946 and the year 2000. One of these was Iona Opie's The People in the Playground (1993). Taking this book as his starting point for a series of programmes on Radio 4 this week, Michael Rosen has been exploring the self-organisation and creativity that characterises children's play in an over-organised world.
Each programme is only 15 minutes long - so take advantage of the BBC's listen again feature: