The best children’s play video ever?

In Annie and the Tree we see and hear everything from the point of view of a little girl utterly immersed in her play.
Annie aged seven has clearly forgotten she is wearing a small video camera on a chest harness. To the extent of completely ignoring low-flying helicopters with their rackety noise. The film gives us astonishing access to her play world as she explores and plays and whispers her extraordinary narrative to herself and to the tree.
When I say extraordinary, I mean in the sense of how rarely we as playworkers or even parents get anywhere as near  as this to the mind of a child in their play. What I powerfully felt when I first saw this was: ‘Yes that’s it! That’s exactly like what it was for me when I was that age!’
Phil Waters from the Eden Project who created the research project showed this clip to a captivated audience at the Explore Play Connect in the City conference last October. There were quite a few wet eyes in the house!
Many thanks to Phil for  this ground-breaking way of doing research. I think it doesn’t adulterate Annie’s play and helps us to inhabit an incredibly rich and meaningful world that lasts just ten minutes. But a ten minutes that will stay with me for ever.