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January 2012 Blog Posts (3)

Wait. Play at School Is a Good Thing?

This is one of the best videos I've seen that clearly shows the importance of natural play at schools. Take a look. It is from my friends at School Grounds UK. Maybe we can get something going in Atlanta to improve our playgrounds AND increase the amount of time students get to go outside and play during the day. I don't know what it is going to take to convince…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 30, 2012 at 10:29am — No Comments

Conference on Play - Worth the Trip

I'll be heading over to Clemson University again this year for the annual Conference on the Value of Play put on by the US Play Coalition, of which ATOP is a proud member. I am particularly excited about the focus on playwork this year. There aren't many playworkers in the US and I hope with a little awareness and education that will…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 30, 2012 at 10:22am — No Comments

10 Steps to an Amazing Playground

So many people ask me what makes a good playground. Here are 10 points, each worthy of it's own post (or book chapter). My favorite, of course, is number 6. Oh, when you have number 6 you've really got something!

A wonderful playground is……..

  1. Designed to enhance its setting
  2. Located in the best possible place
  3. Close to nature
  4. Designed so that children can play in different ways
  5. Geared towards encouraging disabled and able-bodied children…
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Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 27, 2012 at 5:36am — No Comments

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