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…

Wild Earth: Children That Play Outside in All Weather Grow Up Resilient

Click here to read the article on wildearth.org By Andrew McMartin, Executive Director at the p.i.n.e. project in Toronto, ON “It seems like an obvious statement, so why don’t kids play outside in challenging weather nearly as much as they used to? Why are schools keeping kids inside at recess when the temperature gets too…

NPR: Q&A | Blocks, Play, Screen Time And The Infant Mind

Read the original article @ NPR by ERIC WESTERVELT Courtesy of Bing Nursery School “Our “Tools of the Trade” series is taking a look at some of the iconic objects that form a vital part of our educational lives. For an upcoming piece, I’m reporting on how young children learn through that most basic of preschool education tools:…

Vox: The cult of kiddie-danger

The Richland, WA, school district is phasing out swings on its playgrounds. As the district’s spokesman recently told KEPR TV: “It’s just really a safety issue. Swings have been determined to be the most unsafe of all the playground equipment on a playground.” Ah yes, those dangling doom machines. All they sow is death and…

Center for Active Design: Parks & Equity

Read the original post from NYC’s Center for Active Design here. http://centerforactivedesign.org/parksandequity How Parks Support More Active and Equitable Communities “The concept of biophilia suggests that humans have an innate, instinctive bond with the natural world, such as trees, wildlife, parks, and gardens. Recent studies reinforce this notion, showing that natural environments are making direct contributions…

2014 Fuller Challenge Winner: SCAPE’s ‘Living Breakwaters’

View SCAPE’s video of the project here Impact Design Hub’s Press Release: 2014 Fuller Challenge Winner Announced The Buckminster Fuller Institute has announced SCAPE‘s climate change adaptation and community development project ‘Living Breakwaters‘ as the winner of the 2014 Fuller Challenge. Living up to Fuller’s work as a ‘comprehensive anticipatory design scientist,’ the winning project aims…

NPR: Playing to Learn

Brains at Play “This week at NPR Ed, our series Playing To Learn will explore questions about why people play and how play relates to learning. Why do we humans like to play so much? Play sports, play tag, play the stock market, play duck, duck, goose? We love it all. And we’re not the…

NPR: A Collection of Clues to America’s Educational Past

“If you walk past Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter robe, ride the elevator up four floors, above the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz and a family of four visiting from Cincinnati, Ohio, you’ll find yourself in a long hallway that vaguely resembles a hospital walkway. The fourth floor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of…