Archive for Saving Play

A Bumpy Road Makes for an Interesting Ride – Developing Resiliency through Child-Initiated Play

It’s likely we all remember the timeless nursery rhyme, “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” Parents often recite the rhyme after episodes of teasing and …

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Play – it’s just what the Doctor ordered

Have you heard about “Outdoors Rx,” a pilot program from Massachusetts General Hospital for Children in Boston? It’s a truly brilliant concept and one that can be emulated across the country.

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Reimagining traditional playground equipment for today’s children

My most cherished childhood memories took place playing outdoors – many of them on the playground. Times have changed and now children spend a great deal of their time inside, their attention …

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Talking Play at the National PTA Convention

lollitop Talking Play at the National PTA ConventionMembers of local parent-teacher associations (PTA) are often on the front lines of the recess debate. We realize that parents can be some of the best advocates for play in schools. Playworld …

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Just play this summer

Summer will be here in just a few short weeks. I’m excited because that means playing tennis with my boys and the summer sports season is just around the corner. But I …

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Inclusive play product focus: Rushmore

When a playground has only typical slides and climbers, it can limit inclusion.  Climbers and slides are prescriptive, meaning they tell the child how to play on them:  “climb up the ladder …

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Play is fundamental, not optional

The United Nations recently adopted Article 31, which gives every child the right to play. You can read the full UN Convention on the Rights of the Child here.

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California Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

The Golden State now has a new golden rule when it comes to children. The California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks and Tourism recently released its Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights. The …

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