December 2009 Blog Posts (7)

Is Art Play?

Is art play? It certainly can be! Look at the wonderful self-potraits that some children in South Africa did in the style of Chuck Close. They are with the non-profit Artworks for Youth. I think these are wonderful.…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 31, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Highlights ATOP Founder

Proponent for Playtime

By Catherine Fox For the AJC

1:20 p.m. Friday, December 18, 2009

It’s recess at Bethune Elementary School. The first-graders file past a big storage locker filled with blue blocks cut in a variety of sizes and shapes. Once given a piece, they repair to the play area. Then all joy breaks loose.

One little girl sticks a long tube into the hole of a… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 18, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

New Video About Treehouse and Totem Poles at Camp

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has put out a video about our treehouse and their amazing efforts to line the Camp Twin Lakes' nature trail with totem poles. The sculpture students did such a great job.

Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 17, 2009 at 10:26am — No Comments


Playable Kids, the first phase of Playable 2010 International Design Competition has launched and we are spreading the word. The experts get to go first and in this case, that's the children. We want kids to draw what fun looks like for them, or their most favorite fun place in the world. It doesn't have to be a playground either. It… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 14, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

PlayWorks Program Decreases Playground Bullying...and more

Great article about the work of the wonderful organization, PlayWorks. They go into schools and teach kids how to play...yes, really! ... and resolve conflict, etc.

Suspensions have dropped from 300 to 40 at the school in this article.

Peaceful recesses become child's play

Playground bullying at schools has decreased

Thursday, December 10, 2009

By Mary… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 11, 2009 at 8:43am — No Comments

Camp Twin Lakes Treehouse Lead Story on ArchDaily

Our wonderful treehouse is the lead story on the blog today! I am so pleased that they ran pictures of the campers' original designs. It speaks well of the architect Amy Leathers of Lord, Aeck and Sargent, that she paid such close attention to the campers' wishes and incorporated them into her design. I remember the day when I sat sorting through the hundred drawings and… Continue

Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 9, 2009 at 6:44am — No Comments

Old-Fashioned Play That Memories Are Made Of

Our neighbors took their children to Warm Springs this past weekend. The pictures of the boys playing on these old fashioned play pieces evoked such a warm feeling in me. Is it because they look like my childhood or are they just really fun (and retro)?

(All pictures by Stacy Esval)…


Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 3, 2009 at 9:17am — No Comments

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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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