CBC: Get Those Kids Outside & Let Them Play…

Get those kids outside and let them play, occupational therapist urges Angela Hanscom says children struggle to develop strength and balance “Kids should be spending at least three hours outdoors a day — and preferably left to their own devices, a pediatric occupational therapist is recommending.”

NextCity: What Can Bees Teach Us About Building Better Ecosystems

Vacant land and urban agriculture are rejuvenating wild bee populations. Bees love cities. What can cities do to love them back? STORY BY Jen KinneyTwitter PUBLISHED ON May 28, 2018 Facebook Twitter Email Last summer, Paul Maeillo had to clear a vacant lot in North Philadelphia, and he wasn’t happy about it. He’d done it…

Return to Now: Kids Spend Less Time Outside Than Prisoners

Kids spend less time outside than prisoners “While inmates at maximum security prisons in the U.S. are guaranteed at least 2 hours of outdoor time a day, half of children worldwide spend less than an hour outside, reports TreeHugger.com.”

NY Times: Preschool Without Walls

Preschool Without Walls By LILLIAN MONGEAUDEC. 29, 2015 SLIDE SHOW|8 Photos Learning ABC’s Under the Trees Learning ABC’s Under the Trees CreditMeryl Schenker SEATTLE — Three-year-old Desi Sorrelgreen’s favorite thing about his preschool is “running up hills.” His classmate Stelyn Carter, 5, likes to “be quiet and listen to birds — crows, owls and chickadees,”…

Artist Adrienne Wong: “Me on the Map” Project

Visit NEWORLD THEATRE HERE or read about the project below. ME ON THE MAP MOTM Promo Video from Neworld Theatre on Vimeo. May 25 to May 31 2015 at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival  “It is audacious to believe that the city might build happiness just by changing it’s shape. But it is foolish not to…

ASLA The Field: Making Nature Play Areas That Work

Read it here, or at The Field, ASLA MAKING NATURE PLAY AREAS THAT WORK November 10, 2015 — asla staff image: Andrea Weber Nature play has been in the news a lot in the past few years, but what does it really mean and how can you successfully introduce it into a public park setting if…

NYT Book Review: The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey

Visit Jessica Lahey’s webpage here. Comments about the book: (Disclaimer: I haven’t read it!) “’The ugly and wonderful truth about middle school,’ [Lahey] says, is that ‘failure is not an if proposition, it’s a matter of when.’ Or it used to be. Now that parents shelter their children every step of the way, we have ‘failure…

Teacher Tom: Eleven Things to Say Instead of “Be Careful”

Here’s the article, or visit Teacher Tom to read the original. Teacher Tom Teaching and learning from preschoolers Wednesday, November 11, 2015 Eleven Things To Say Instead Of “Be Careful” Share on gmailShare on tumblrShare on facebookShare on twitterMore Sharing Services95 In yesterday’s post, I riffed on what is popularly called “risky play,” what author and…

Richard Louv: “How Nature Can Help Civilize Our Cities”

Read it below, or the original at Children & Nature Network. HOW NATURE CAN HELP CIVILIZE OUR CITIES by Richard Louv | Nov 9, 2015 | Columns by Richard Louv, THE NEW NATURE MOVEMENT | 0 comments About the Author Richard Louv is Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network, an organization supporting…

NOLA.com: After Katrina, Kids Needed Places to Play: Darell Hammond

From NOLA.com By Contributing Op-Ed columnist on August 24, 2015 at 10:44 AM, updated August 24, 2015 at 11:11 PM Darell Hammond is the CEO of KaBOOM! “Ten years ago, I received a phone call from Ginny Reynolds in the days immediately following the disaster asking KaBOOM! to come to the Gulf Coast and assist…

12 Ways to Make Cities More Child Friendly by Chris Bruntlett

“For far too long, many people have considered family life and urban life as being mutually exclusive. That trend is slowly reversing, as more and more parents choose to raise their kids in urban areas. However, city builders often fail to consider their smallest, most vulnerable users. As Enrique Peñalosa famously said: “”Children are a…

Metropolis: Playtime

READ THE ORIGINAL HERE \METROPOLIS MAGAZINE / MARCH 2015 / PLAYTIME Playtime James Mollison’s latest book and exhibition capture playgrounds from around the world. Paul Makovsky Warren Lane Elementary Inglewood, Los Angeles In 2009, the photographer James Mollison was reflecting upon his Oxford school days when he realized that nearly everything he remembered happened on the playground—memories of games…

NPR: Kids’ Solo Playtime Unleashes “Free Range” Parenting Debate

“Parents have made news recently after being detained for purposefully leaving children on their own, prompting renewed debate about so-called “free-range parenting.” That includes Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, a Silver Spring, Md., couple who are being investigated after they let their children, ages 10 and 6, walk home from a park last month by themselves….

Washington Post: How Schools Ruined Recess and Four Things Needed to Fix It

Read it here! How schools ruined recess — and four things needed to fix it http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/04/how-schools-ruined-recess-and-four-things-needed-to-fix-it/ By Valerie Strauss February 4 “A post I published last summer by pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today,” continues to be popular today, as are two other related posts…

Denton RC: Kids and Adults work On Envisioning New Place to Play

RECREATING DREAMS http://www.dentonrc.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20150212-recreating-dreams2.ece Kids and adults work on envisioning new place to play This week Denton kids helped the grown-ups design a new playground for South Lakes Park. They brainstormed in small groups and drew pictures. They offered classic suggestions for playground play, such as swings and monkey bars. Their ideas showed they understood the…

Bloomberg: Scientists Seeking to Save the World Find Best Technology is Trees

I love this article. And its headline. That technology we’ve been waiting for, that’s going to save the world? It’s here! But wait, it’s TREES. To read it on Bloomberg, click here… or just scroll to stay and read it here by Louise Downing (Bloomberg) — Oxford University scientists, after a year of research, have determined the best technology to suck…