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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Consider giving the gift of free play

SF Gate – Jerry R. Salerno

“With the holiday shopping season in full swing, many of us with children in our lives will wonder what gift we can give that is meaningful yet fun. Ironically, the most valuable gift is already at your fingertips. It’s the gift of play — old-fashioned, free playtime. Free or unstructured play is dynamic, organic and child-directed. She or he plans the play, mixes the imaginary with the real world and creates a unique experience. Children who play freely develop intellectually, emotionally and socially. They learn to solve problems, negotiate with others and practice self-control.”(more)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Toy Guide: Non-LEGO Blocks That Cultivate Better Building

Forbes – Jenn Choi

“I advise parents to invest in at least one building toy aside from their beloved LEGOs. Without a doubt, this investment will not only enhance a child’s skills in creativity, spatial reasoning, and problem-solving but also, this will help them build more and build better with any toy they own…The great thing about building toys is that kids can build them to use them for another purpose namely, storytelling. It’s as if there are two toys in one…Here are my favorite non-LEGO toys that I have divided into three easy categories:”(more)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Introducing a child to exercise is a lifelong investment

The Union-Bulletin – David Thorsnes

“The goal should be to make exercise a regular staple in the child’s day as they grow up…introduce them to a variety of different activities and see what piques their interest…The type of emotional bond developed with an activity will determine the likelihood a child will continue doing so.”(more)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Give the Gift of STEM Skills for the Holidays

The Huffington Post – Jamie Davis Smith

“…the holiday season is a great time to get your children interested in activities that promote learning, particularly in the ever-growing fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)…seek out toys that are so much fun your kids may not even realize that they are building a solid foundation in STEM through play. There are some great options this year that appeal to any interest.”(more)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Focus on play in kindergarten may improve grades

Reuters – Kathryn Doyle

“(Reuters Health) – Training teachers to promote structured play among kindergarteners yields improved reading, vocabulary and math scores that persist into first grade, according to a new study.” (more)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Florida Parents Rally for Recess

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Florida parents are up in arms over school boards not enforcing play time at recess each and every day…Studies have proven the benefits of recess time, including helping children to learn. That recess time “makes kids more attentive and more productive in the classroom…”” (more)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Arts Just as Crucial as Math and Science, Say Education Experts

The Reporter-Times – Staff Writer

“…there has been a recent push by educators to change the focus from STEM to STEAM, and add arts back into the mix for a more well-rounded education…Whatever the present academic focus of your local school district is, you can help support a more comprehensive education for your children at home, while making it fun. Here’s how to incorporate STEAM learning into your children’s playtime:” (more)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Children ‘prefer to play outdoors than watch TV’

BBC News – Staff Writer

“Children would rather be playing outdoors than watching television, but parents’ concerns keep them indoors, a survey suggests…Many parents believed their children did not have the same freedoms as they did as youngsters. They put this down to heavier traffic making playing in the streets more dangerous, as well as a lack of community spirit and fear of strangers.” (more)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Playworks Keeps Play In School

WWNO – EVE ABRAMS

“Recess has been disappearing in schools. There’s too much fighting and bullying, too many boxes of band-aids gone through. In order to deal with this problem, about 40% of America’s school districts have shortened or simply eliminated recess — which also makes more time for academics. But cutting recess comes at a big price. Studies show that when kids don’t have recess, they have a much harder time in class.” (more)

3 Ways To Close The ‘Play Gap’ Between Rich And Poor Kids

Forbes – Jordan Shapiro

“Play is vitally important to individual childhood development…But play, like language, is not equally distributed. Low-income children do not have the same access to safe opportunities for play as their affluent peers.” (more)