Archive for Saving Play

Extraordinary Playscapes coming to Portland

Extraordinary Playscapes, an exciting exhibition by the Design Museum Foundation and sponsored by Playworld, will soon open in Portland, Oregon at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). The exhibition explores the …

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The four C’s of 21st century learning

I hear it all the time. School districts and teachers are under pressure to create successful students. While certainly a child’s personal growth and development is important, I know the real motivation …

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PlayForm 7 receives prestigious design award

pf7“Alone we are smart. Together we are brilliant.”

That quote, from educator Steven W. Anderson, is one I often share with others. It perfectly captures how I feel about my two-decade career …

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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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