February 2009 Blog Posts (4)

Ask a Child How to Design a Playground!

Don't know how to start designing a playground? Ask a child! The picture above is drawn by Marius, a 5th grade student at Bethune Elementary School. Talk about talent and great skills of observation! Look at the amazing attention to detail and the original thought. Marius even realized that if you're going to play that much you need a water fountain. We think Marius is one talented young man. Congratulations on a job well… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 20, 2009 at 11:32am — No Comments

Science Supports Importance of Play

The importance of play shows up on the cover of Scientifc American Mind magazine. Check it out: The Serious Need for Play

Free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional and cognitive development. It makes us better adjusted, smarter and less stressed. Key concepts presented:

- Childhood play is crucial for social, emotional and cognitive… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 6, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

New Ideas in Playspace Design

Check out Imagination Playground in Time magazine this week!

There is such an excitement about the new ideas in playspace design and little is as innovative as the Imagination Playground being built in Burling Slip in New York City. The very new (yet very old) idea of loose parts is what makes this such an opportunity for creative play for kids. In order to… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 3, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Play In the Dark for EARTH HOUR - March 28, 2009 @ 8:30

Turn out your lights for the 3rd annual global EARTH HOUR and have a little fun playing in the dark. Cities all around the world are going dark on Saturday, March 28th, 2009 from 8:30 to 9:30 PM local time to send the word that we can, and will, take action on climate change.

Earth Hour started in 2007 with 2 million businesses and families turning out their lights in Sydney, Australia. Last… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 2, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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FANTASTIC blog about playgrounds: Playscapes



Click for the Find a Playground app to put on your phone.

Playworks 2010-2011 PLAYBOOK

Pretty much everything you ever needed to know about play.

And, of course, KaBOOM! Find a playground, plan a Play Day, how to build a playground, and much, much more.

Playgroundology, an emerging social science. 


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Ethan's grandmother gave him a gift of $25. He gave $20 to ATOP so more Atlanta kids will have great places to play. He kept $5 to get something cool for himself. We think Ethan is pretty cool!

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