Archive for Imaginative play

Step back from screens this summer

Kids’ facial expressions are often priceless. But what about when they are watching television? Australian photographer, Donna Stevens, set out to capture images of children watching their favorite TV shows.  As a …

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National Get Outdoors Day

unity slide climber 300x199 National Get Outdoors DayI had a vivid imagination as a child. I played with dolls until I was 12 (longer than girls do today)—I made them clothes, staged weddings, built entire communities, homes and furniture …

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Inside Design: Unity Teeter Tunnel

Not long ago, I introduced you to our new Unity Canopy, part of the Unity Collection–re-imagined classic playground pieces designed to be more relevant for how kids play today. Another piece …

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Keep play in preschool

toddler 667300 1920 1024x685 Keep play in preschoolJust 30 years ago, 40 percent of a typical preschool day was devoted to child-initiated play. Today, this number has fallen to just 25 percent (Miller & Almon, 2009). Over the years, …

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Four tips for squeezing in unstructured free play time

children 450925 1280 1024x736 Four tips for squeezing in unstructured free play timeRemember when a child’s only responsibility was to have fun and just be a kid? Me too! But honestly, it bums me out to see how, through the years, their day-to-day schedules …

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News Year’s resolution 2015: more playtime

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and there’s still time to make your resolution for 2015. If you haven’t made one yet, we have a fun suggestion that veers away …

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Give the gift of unstructured play this year

The winter holiday season is a magical time for many. Schools let out for an extended break and children get a reprieve from the drudgery of daily homework assignments. Likewise, parents receive …

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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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