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April is Autism Awareness Month

It’s officially Autism Awareness Month. Current statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that 1 in 68 children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Rates for boys are higher than girls (1 …

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Parklets offer “play and go” in cities

We’ve all heard the timeless adage “stop and smell the roses.” While this is sound advice, when folks today find a spare moment away from life’s responsibilities they are more likely to …

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Reasons why we love play

With Valentine’s Day this Saturday, the Playworld team can’t help but reflect on our greatest love of all – play.

Unity Dome inside1 1024x682 Reasons why we love playWe love play because it has the power to unite communities and …

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The erosion of community play

I just read an insightful piece in The Guardian titled “Children in our towns and cities are being robbed of safe places to play.” The author argues that we fail to consider …

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Play Across Rural, Suburban, and Urban Environments – Challenges & Opportunities

Each semester I teach a seminar titled Fine Arts and Play for the Developing Child. The first assignment is to compose a 2000-word essay depicting childhood memories of play. The most …

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How to whip up a Pop-Up Adventure Playground in no time

Providing engaging opportunities for child-directed, unstructured play does not have to be expensive or time consuming. In fact, the best kind of play costs nothing, feels great, and can happen anywhere. Just …

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Obesity & Outdoor Play

I recently had the opportunity to present on the topic of obesity and outdoor play at the Let’s Move Conference in State College, Penna. The energy in the room was phenomenal, as …

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New playground commemorates victims

photo5 New playground commemorates victims Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a local community playground build in Ross Township, Penna., about 15 minutes from my home. It was an emotional day for many in …

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