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Friday, August 15, 2014

Ditch the playdate: 4 ways to encourage creative play for kids

The Christian Science Monitor – Lane Brown

“Parents and experts are pushing back against today’s level of organized play, and the safety precautions around that play…Here are four ways parents can help their kids have more open and creative play.” (more)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

3 Reasons Children Need A Video Game Vacation And 1 Reason They Don’t

Forbes – Jordan Shapiro

“…when I took my kids to a house in the country surrounded by rolling hills and a giant yard last week I went for an on/off strategy. I instituted a ‘no devices before dark’ rule…So what did I learn about parenting during the week? It shifted the way I think about screen time in surprising ways.” (more)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Play ‘boosts children’s development and happiness’

BBC – Katherine Sellgren

“Play helps boost children’s language development, problem solving, risk management and independent learning skills, a study reaffirms.” (more)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Brains At Play

GPB News – John Poole

“Panksepp and others think the lack of play is a serious problem. Especially at younger ages. And particularly in school settings. Without play, we know that other species become quick to aggression and have trouble “fitting in.”” (more)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain

NPR – Jon Hamilton

“”The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain,” says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. “And without play experience, those neurons aren’t changed,” he says…But to produce this sort of brain development, children need to engage in plenty of so-called free play, Pellis says.” (more)

Friday, August 1, 2014

What Can Kids Learn By Doing Dangerous Things?


“Tinkering School Founder Gever Tulley says that when kids are given sharp tools and matches, their imaginations take off and they become better problem-solvers.” (more)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Squeeze on playgrounds as schools tackle places crush

BBC News – Hannah Richardson

“Pupils in a third of expanding primaries could end up with less space to play in as new classrooms swallow up fields and playgrounds, it is reported.” (more)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

How Family Game Night Makes Kids Into Better Students

The Atlantic – Jessica Lahey

“Matching up cards and planning the next chess move can help develop a child’s executive function—a set of skills that may be more important for success than IQ points.” (more)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Top 10 Toys That Beat The Summer Slide

Forbes – Jenn Choi

“What I plan on doing this summer is what I do every summer. I informally examine how much their schools have enriched their lives over the past year…If I find that my kids can use more help in some areas, I use the summer to work on them myself. Schools can’t do everything and while I can never provide a structured environment like school, at my disposal are tools that help make the summer very productive in a more fun way.” (more)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Study: Too Many Structured Activities May Hinder Children’s Executive Functioning

Education Week – Ellen Wexler

“When children spend more time in structured activities, they get worse at working toward goals, making decisions, and regulating their behavior, according to a new study. Instead, kids might learn more when they have the responsibility to decide for themselves what they’re going to do with their time.” (more)