Best type of play? Let kids do what they want

When considering the best type of play for kids, free play is the answer. Free play is when kids are allowed to do what they want with whatever materials are available to them. Experts say that engaging in this type of play strengthens brain development.

  • Getting the most out of child’s play

    Children who are active in outdoor play live overall healthier lives. According to the Michigan Sate University Extension, this kind of engagement creates immunity towards colds and the flu, along with better social and motor skills.

  • Where The Wild Things Play

    Berkeley Adventure Playground allows kids to engage in free, unstructured play. Located in San Francisco, California, the playground offers a wide variety of tools for kids to play with and let their imaginations run wild.

  • Quiz: Find Your Happy Place

    Take this short quiz to find out what "play vitamins" are missing from your life.

  • When Kids Start Playing To Win

    For kids, competition can actually be a good thing. Competition teaches them how to control failures they may face and how to learn from them.

  • Are Kids Becoming The New Couch Potatoes?

    The rise in childhood obesity has become a major issue in America. Obesity often leads to health problems as kids age into adulthood, such as heart disease and diabetes. In order to combat this problem, parents are encouraged to provide healthy meals for their children and engage them in physical activity.

  • Playing Outside Enhances Kids’ Love of Nature and Animals

    A study conducted in China found that there is actually a correlation between time outdoors, love of animals and a desire to conserve the environment. Researchers concluded that children who spend more time outdoors are more likely to protect and value nature.

  • Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten

    Children at the Waldkindergarten, an all-outdoor kindergarten in Switzerland, spend all of their school days engrossed in outdoor play. Located in the middle of the woods, students are surrounded with handmade structures that allow them to explore the freedom of play. The forest kindergarten was established by a group of teachers who felt it was necessary for children to have more space to play and learn.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Worldwide Day of Play - September 20 - Nickelodeon, a television network for children, celebrates Worldwide Day of Play by going off the air for three hours in order to encourage kids to go outside and play.

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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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