Archive for Saving Play

What kids get from play that they can’t get from their classroom

climber-greenWhy do we send our kids to school?

It’s not a trick question. The answer is obvious: “To learn”. What’s much less transparent, however, is what exactly that means. What knowledge, skills, …

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Play, preschool and academics

rsz_photo_-_children_using_handholds_inside_home_dome_for_upper_body_and_climbing_activitiesThree decades ago, 40 percent of a typical preschool day was devoted to child-initiated play. Today, this number has fallen dramatically. Over the years, play has become second fiddle to early academic …

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Play is not a four letter word

Playworld Unity CanopyPlay is at the center of everything we do here at Playworld. It’s incorporated into our thoughts, decisions, actions and creations. We’re constantly making time for short bursts of play throughout our …

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Pokémon Go

pokemongo-1517819_1280Being an advocate for outdoor, unstructured play, I was skeptical at first when my teenage sons started raving about the new mobile app game Pokémon Go. Here I thought it was another …

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Finalists announced in KaBOOM!’s Play Everywhere Challenge

In May we told you about KaBOOM!’s Play Everywhere Challenge (PEC), a national competition that will award innovative, replicable ideas in city redevelopment and design that make play easy, available and fun …

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Recess makes kids smarter

Shwetha Ramani is a freelance communications professional who grew up in India and is now exploring the world of PR on the other side of the world, in the U.S. She lives

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Saving play: PlayCubes at Chinatown Park

This spring, Bostonians witnessed the installation of new playground equipment in the form of PlayCubes, iconic sculptural playforms offering infinite possibilities for open-ended play, at Chinatown Park on The Rose Kennedy Greenway. …

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Scratching the June itch: keeping kids focused with play

Photo - James Simons Elementary School, Charleston, SCWe anticipate it every year. Summer is quickly approaching and school is coming (or for some already has come) to an end. A few months off from school bring a more carefree …

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