Archive for Imaginative play

Play ought to be challenging

A Playworld Unity Slide Climberrecent Washington Post article on rethinking “ultra-safe” playgrounds caught my eye. Featuring the insight of pediatric occupational therapist and play advocate, Angela Honscam, the article echoes the Playworld team’s belief that …

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Celebrate the Worldwide Day of Play 2015

Did you know that this Saturday, September 26th is the Worldwide Day of Play? Started by television network Nickelodeon in 2004, the annual celebration inspires children to go outside and experience …

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Putting play on the back-to-school checklist

As summer winds down and children across the country head back to school, it’s important to remember that play is a critical component in the learning process. Unfortunately, we don’t hear educators …

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Play: The possibilities are as vast as the universe

A baby’s brain contains 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) at birth—that’s about as many stars as in the Milky Way!  And nearly all that brain will need.

Each neuron has about 2,500 …

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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

Playworld Unity Slide Climber - 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

Just 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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