Q&A: Designing Playful Learning Spaces

Read the Q&A session with Margaret Middleton, an exhibit designer at the Boston Children's Museum, about designing playful learning spaces.

  • What playfulness can do for you

    The subject of playfulness has been researched for quite some time. A recent study shows that people who display high levels of playfulness seem to be better at dealing with stress, more likely to have active lifestyles, and succeed academically. However, researchers are still confused as to what playfulness actually is or how to define it.

  • At this hospital, kids play while being treated

    Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society General Hospital (India) has recently added additional toy rooms and play areas for the children of the pediatric ward. Volunteers of the hospital say, "It is important that children of a specific age play certain kind of games and toys that suit their mental abilities."

  • Most children 'play outside for less than an hour a day’

    A recent study has found that most children only play outside for less than an hour per day. This finding stems from the fact that simple outdoor pleasures have been replaced by televisions and computers.

  • U of S researcher touts play to build strong bones

    University of Saskatchewan researcher, Marta Erlandson, believes disorganized play can help kids build stronger bones. Disorganized play activities can simply include getting outside and having fun. Helping kids build stronger bones while they are young can benefit them as they grow into adults.

  • Go Ahead, Parents and Kids: Play Outside

    Pediatrician Perry Brown says he would like to see more kids come into his office with scraped knees, poison ivy, and blisters. He feels this doesn't happened quite as often because kids are being kept inside and seduced by electronic media sources.

  • It's time to get our kids moving

    Summer is an important time for children to engage in unstructured, outdoor play. However, this concept has been overlooked by many people. In 2013, the Physical Literacy for All steering committee was created by Mark Verbeek, K-12 fitness and wellness consultant with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board (Canada). The purpose of this group is to encourage people in the Hamilton district to be more active.

  • To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park

    To reduce the risk of weight issues among his younger patients, Dr. Robert Zarr prescribes trips to parks. With the help of the National Park Service and volunteers from George Washington University's School of Public Health, park rangers and other doctors, Zarr was able to create a database where parks could be located based on zip codes.

  • The Re-imagine Learning Challenge - April 10 to September 17 - "As part of a three-year partnership with Ashoka, the LEGO Foundation has pledged more than $200,000 to challenge prizes alone. Enter today and help us learn about your vision for education in the 21st century!"

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  • OUT IS IN, Park & Recreation Month 2014 - July 1 to July 31 - Lets make 2014 the year we get OUTside! Help celebrate National Parks and Recreation month this July, by changing your OUTlook and getting INvolved in your community through parks and recreation!

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  • Playful Adventure at Capon: enjoying the freedom of outdoors! - September 1 to September 4 - Capon Springs and Farms (West Virginia) will be hosting a play theme getaway on September 1-4. The Play Lady, Pat Rumbaugh, will be leading activities throughout the event.

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  • Ontario Physical Literacy Summit 2014 - September 26 to September 27 - The 2014 Ontario Physical Literacy Summit will be held September 26-27, 2014 at Redeemer University College in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada).

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