September 2010 Blog Posts (7)

Parkour = Free Running....and Jumping!

Parkour is all about physical and mental discipline....and lots of fun. It's pretty new in the US, but growing. It takes practice, training, precision and focus. Obviously it needs to be done right. Pretty amazing. I like that the parkour tradition does not include competition. It's about working on your skills and adapting to the environment, not about beating someone else.…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 29, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Is Reading Play?

Can reading be play? Absolutely! It's play for your mind and your imagination. And, so is storytelling. See this picture? Get your kids to make up a story about the creatures here. Who are they? Where do they come from? They're looking at you. Are you one of them, too, or are you you? I'd like to be one of them simply because I think being able to blow bubbles out of your ears would be incredible.…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 22, 2010 at 1:29pm — No Comments

No Ideas for How to Build a Fort?

Leave it to the great Dwell Magazine to inspire! This is the Czech exhibit at the Venice Biennale and it is incredible. Everything was built from simple wooden slats. I love that they let the kids go to build whatever they wanted.…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 17, 2010 at 8:26am — No Comments

"Never, never, never give up." ~ Winston Churchill

There's a saying that goes "...sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly....". Today, after 2 or 3 years of work (I've lost track) Bethune ELementary School got a $200,000 grant to pay for the playground at our dream "Bethune's P.L.A.C.E." (Playground, Learning Arboretum and Center for Excellence). The fact that we stuck it out and kept on going is a tribute to the steadfastness of the school's Principal Ms. RoseMary Hamer.…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 14, 2010 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Kids, Schmids....I Want One of These for Me!

These forest huts are in Sweden that you can rent like a hotel room. They conjure up all kids, I mean, all kinds of feelings of magic and mystery...and coziness. I'd love to have one to curl up and read or write in...or maybe just to take a nap in. But, kids could have a hay day making a magic fort out of one of these.…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 14, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

This is Play

The spirit of play captured by Dad on his iPhone.

Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 8, 2010 at 10:06pm — No Comments

My Favorite Website of the Month

I just discovered The Cool Hunter website and am wildly inspired. It's about design and architecture and all things cool, but this looks like play to me. Check it out!…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 1, 2010 at 9:39am — No Comments

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