If Children Are for Learning, Then Let Them Play
Children today spend less time playing -- both at home and in school -- than they have in the past. -- Bethany Wilinski
Champions for Healthy Kids - Grant Opportunity
Through the Champions for Healthy Kids program, the General Mills Foundation will award 50 grants of $20,000 each to nonprofit organizations working to improve nutrition and physical fitness behaviors for youth.
The Importance of Play for Adults
Today many adults consider play to be 'childish' and a waste of time. The only play we appreciate is competitive play. However, play builds relationships and teaches us critical skills. We continue to grow and learn through out our adult lives and play is a key factor in that. When we play we give ourselves a brighter future and set examples to let our children know that its okay to play.
Hercules bans ‘bounce houses’ from city parks
“The City Council unanimously approved a ban this week on inflatable play structures -- or "bounce houses" -- at the city's parks and facilities in an effort to eliminate injury lawsuits and liability. The issue was first discussed in 2004 and the city agreed to require permits for inflatable jumpers in the park -- and restricted the number to two per park at a time. Then in 2008, Hercules stopped issuing the permits altogether because the city's insurance agency does not provide liability coverage for the inflatable jumpers.”
Playworks coaches help put the fun back in recess at 14 D.C. schools
DC area schools report improvements after enacting playworks into students scheduled recess. Nancy Barrand of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says “It gives kids the physical activity and the opportunity to play, but it’s also the social-emotional learning aspect of it. It’s helping kids learn how to socialize, how to take turns, how to be able to wait, how to be able to compete without killing each other. It’s all the things that one learns from play. Sometimes it’s easier to learn those things from play than from reading a rule book and being told what to do.”
12 (Not So) Surprising Benefits of Play
Play is not only beneficial for children; it can help improve your well-being throughout life. Not only does play improve creativity and imagination but it also teaches leadership skills and lifelong hobbies. Lets start Playing again!
Give childhood back to children: if we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less
Students are spending more and more time studying instead of playing. This is taking away the opportunity for them to be creative and discover their own passions. Play gives children the chance to practice life skills and lets them learn how to handle their emotions. By giving children the freedom to play we are giving them the skills to be successful adults.
Parks And Greenery Tied To Improved Mental Health In City-Dwellers
Researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School suggest that parks and greenery in urban settings have influence on residents mental health. Researchers examined data of 1,000 participants, some moved to greener urban areas while others moved to less green urban areas. Lead author Ian Alcock states “We’ve shown that individuals who move to greener areas have significant and long-lasting improvements in mental health, these findings are important for urban planners thinking about introducing new green spaces to out towns and cities, suggesting they could provide long-term and sustained benefits for local communities.”