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Don't Forget to Bring Some Junk to Play With!

Take a few minutes to watch a fun little film on play and called "Play". It is from our friends at Play Wales who are quite brilliant when it comes to all things play. (Click on the picture to get the video to play.) 

There is a "concept" of play called "loose parts play," that basically means that kids…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on August 18, 2015 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Looking Back and Looking Beyond

Click on this picture to go to the AJC article.

Tomorrow morning will bring an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Play Atlanta and yours truly. It signals the beginning of a refreshed and recharged agenda…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 27, 2015 at 1:00pm — 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

Spring Into Action-Help Get West End Kids an Imagination Playground!

An Imagination Playground in Action at Atlanta's Bethune Elementary School

We need to raise $1,000 this week to ship an Imagination Playground to…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on April 28, 2015 at 12:42pm — 1 Comment

This is the BEST DAY EVER! Snow Day 2015

Photo: Lianne Epstein Deren

Today is supposed to be SNOW DAY 2015 in Atlanta. So far, the white stuff has yet to materialize, but most schools are still closed just in case. That means a lot of kids are hanging out at home. I hope…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 25, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Atlanta Will Be Extraordinary

These 21 swings line a Montreal street every year, and they make beautiful music when they move (click on the picture to see the video.) That's the kind of thing that can make a place special. 

Atlanta needs to be special. Not, "Wow, you wouldn't believe all the stuff you can buy here" special, but "Wow, when you're in Atlanta you can just feel the care that goes into everything. It's like…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 1, 2014 at 2:52pm — 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

Why is Atlanta Lagging in Attracting Graduates?

Check out the New York Times article on cities that are attracting graduates who, in turn, attract business.…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 22, 2014 at 7:30pm — 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

Creative Atlantans Needed to Build Playgrounds

Next week the Atlanta Taskforce on Play (ATOP) will launch the Atlanta Playmaker Registry. Everywhere I go people say they want playgrounds that don't look like they came out of a catalogue, don't cost a fortune, could be something they make themselves, are more artistic, and that really feel like their…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on July 31, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Heartbreak Hill (Peachtree) Here We Come!!

An artist in Bristol England used play to create an amazing experience for the town. Tens of thousands of people applied to be able to make a run down the slippery slide built down one of the city's main streets. Only 350 or so were selected. This looks like SO much fun.

I think Atlanta should do this in the midst of the hot, hot summer and then…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 8, 2014 at 10:54am — No Comments

How To Prepare Your Child for a Great Future

Recent issue of PlayRights, the magazine of the International Play Association

I am struck by how the things I love to do today are so reminiscent of how I played as a child. When I was a little girl I would always get the kids in the…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 24, 2014 at 1:21pm — No Comments

Perfect for My Backyard!

You can always find something inspiring on the PlayScapes blog by Paige Johnson. I saw this today and thought this must certainly be the perfect solution for a sand pit for our grandchildren in our…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 17, 2013 at 2:49pm — 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

A World Wakes Up to Play

Geneva, Switzerland - The launch event for the General Comment on article 31

It has been a wild ride the past several months as a group of friends (board members of the International Play Association) have worked day and night to prepare a launch to celebrate the…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on October 29, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments

The Message on Education is CLEAR!

Please make a point to read this vitally important article by Peter Gray, "Children are Suffering a Severe Deficit of Play," from Aeon Magazine and from his new book. 

On Sunday I leave for a week long trip to Baltimore,…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 18, 2013 at 1:41pm — 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

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GREAT PLAY RESOURCES

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Watch this video to see why play matters!! 

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FANTASTIC blog about playgrounds: Playscapes

 

FIND A PLAYGROUND!!

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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