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We Need Big Healthy Fun!

We Need Big Healthy Fun!

Despite the proven benefits to a child’s development, physical play is vastly disappearing. Recess has been increasingly reduced and replaced by test preparation and, in fact, physical play for children has decreased by 50 percent over the last forty years. Our...
Recess – Get Outside and Play to Learn More Inside

Recess – Get Outside and Play to Learn More Inside

Thanks to rising academic standards and education reform, time set aside for play during the school day continues to be cut in favor of extended class time. Unlike structured classes, including physical education, recess allows for free, child-led play and is...
Play + Empathy

Play + Empathy

Play Cultivates Empathy We know that play is important in the development of essential lifelong skills, such as fine motor skills and social cues. Empathy, the foundation for human relationships, is also one of these. At its most basic definition, empathy is awareness...
Lifelong Kindergarten

Lifelong Kindergarten

Cultures, the social domain of practices, discourses, and material expressions that unite a community, are created when people play together, and creativity and creative expression is an essential part of this process. Sadly, emphasis on creativity decreases as...
Brains Need to Play

Brains Need to Play

The Importance of Play “It’s not just superfluous,” says Researcher Jaak Panksepp. “It’s a very valuable thing for childhood development. And we as a culture have to learn to use it properly and have to make sure our kids get plenty of...

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