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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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Everyone can make a difference

March—the harbinger of spring and rebirth.  The perfect month to be designated Developmental Disabilities Month.  A time to recognize that everyone has something to contribute, and that we can all learn from …

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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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Playing it safe with SMARTE®

When planning a new playground, chances are you’ll spend the majority of your time reviewing and selecting equipment. However, it’s important to think about surfacing from the start. Playground surfacing should not …

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Playground safety tips

Playgrounds are exciting places that help fuel the imaginations of kids and adults alike. In fact, they are one of a few areas left that allow children to freely participate in self-directed, …

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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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