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To Win Over Poverty a Child Must Have a Dream

There is a very important article in The Atlantic titled, "Why Do Some Poor Kids Thrive?" It is a fascinating read about coming out on the winning side of a childhood of poverty.

A big factor in…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 6, 2016 at 10:42am — No Comments

A Decades-Old Memory of Playing in Baltimore

This is not an ordinary slide you see before you. This is the slide that three-year-old me slid down on the way to buy shoes. It was magic. The anticipation of arriving at the store that you entered via a slide is so vivid and alive that it is as if it happened yesterday, instead of (gulp) 59…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 4, 2016 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Design a City to Embrace Children, Please

This Capitol Hill (DC) treehouse has sparked debate among neighbors, with some saying it shouldn't have been constructed 20 inches over their property line into the alley. (Larry Janezich/Capitol Hill Corner)

Have you ever noticed…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 21, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Yes. Play in a City Is Good for the Entire City



Everyone is talking about attracting "Millennials" to Atlanta to help build a vibrant, creativity-based economy, but what about keeping (aka sustaining) that population as they grow and have families? They don't stop being creative and good for the city when they have children, they become MORE interested than ever in having a great place to live. It's just…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 11, 2015 at 11:20am — No Comments

Atlanta Could/Should Be More Bikeable and Walkable

Recent street scene at Serenbe.

Are you old enough to remember the days when every child in your neighborhood had a bike and you knew which bike belonged to which kid?

With apologies to my former, younger self who is now cringing in horror and…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 7, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

ATOP Is Now PLAY ATLANTA!

We have great plans ahead for doing our part to create a more child-friendly environment for children in the City of Atlanta. There is no better place to start that effort than to strengthen our focus on just how playful our city is and what we can all do to make it a better and safer place for our children to…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 16, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Play Is Valuable and Powerful All By Itself

Grandson Wyatt at play

Without fail the picture gracing the place of honor on my iPhone is of one or more of my grandchildren doing what kids under five do best - playing just for…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 4, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Declaration on the Importance of Play

Did you ever wonder WHY play was important? The International Play Association has just released their Declaration on the Importance of Play. IPA President Theresa Casey says,

“It has never been more…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 4, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

At Serenbe You Can Learn A Lot from Children If You Listen and Watch

If you talk to grownups who work in the field of play you will soon discover who they go to when they need real information ...kids. Turns out they know a lot about play (even though many don't get to play too much any more). Recently I had the opportunity to spend a few hours with some very creative and very…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 1, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

2015: The NEW Play Atlanta is Coming!

‘People who grow up in a city that cared for them are more likely to care for their city.’

An interview with Jagan Shah, Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, India…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 28, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments

Look at Them Looking

"Look at them, looking," he once urged me as we watched some children draw- and then he added, "their eyes meeting the world." He wished that schools, especially, would take the child as artist more seriously: "A youngster drawing is a youngster thinking, a youngster telling you a…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 3, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments

Today is UNIVERSAL CHILDREN'S DAY

I hope you enjoy this uplifting and fun video made by the International Play Association. It was created to celebrate the adoption of the General Comment on Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. That's a fancy way to say that the UN is making it a priority to let everyone know all children everywhere have the right to play! Check it out!

Added by Cynthia Gentry on November 20, 2013 at 8:52am — No Comments

We're Going to the A.T.L.!

I hear it was an amazing weekend in downtown Atlanta. The streets were closed off for bicycles, and play, and poetry, and families, and fun. How many major cities have a playground right in the heart of downtown? Atlanta does! And, it looks like the saying, "If you build it they will…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 8, 2013 at 8:16pm — No Comments

What Does YOUR Play Map Look Like?

I grew up in the 60s in an Atlanta neighborhood called Hanover West. It was very much a classic "Leave It To Beaver" type place. Moms stayed at home. Dads went to work. Kids went to school or played outside. You knew everybody's dog and parents' car. You knew the best trees to climb, the best…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 3, 2013 at 9:59am — No Comments

Something To Consider

"A city that has no room for the child is a diabolical thing."

 Aldo van Eyck

Look around the City of Atlanta.  Are we making room for our children? Are we thinking of children when we design shiny, hip and splashy mixed-use…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 12, 2012 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Play! Play! Play!

What if children's education opened them up to the passion, talent, and joy inside their hearts and minds? What if?

Tonight I saw a wonderful story on Sixty MInutes about a symphony in Kinshasa in Congo. The musicians played and sang with such joy. It seemed that most came to music very late and thanks only to the…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 8, 2012 at 10:25pm — No Comments

The Itch is Back

Can you imagine being a 6-year-old girl and climbing into this nest with your best friends? I can see covering the floor of the nest with some kind of soft grasses or even blankets... I'd love for them to be able to bring big pillows and have a spend-the-night party in there. It's brilliant.  It's…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 20, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Ahhhhhhhh.....brrrrrrrrr....

I'll have to dig and find out who built this. Beautiful, isn't it? How fun to snuggle up in front of the window with  a battery operated heater of some kind nearby (is there such a thing that wouldn't spark flames?), popcorn, thermal underwear, those sub-zero sleeping bags, hot chocolate.... I bet the view is…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 12, 2012 at 11:10am — No Comments

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

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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