Six years ago today I posted these pictures and thoughts about play being akin to a universal language. I have learned so much about play since I wrote this, but the words seem truer to me now than they did then. Play is fundamental. It is a basic right of children, because it is a universal truth, a common language, a requirement for a healthy and happy childhood. Back when I wrote this I didn't realize how ever present…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 6, 2016 at 11:12am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 4, 2016 at 10:19pm — No Comments
Still think play is trivial? Something relegated to "down time"? Do you think there has to be a reason to play - an outcome? What if we just let kids play? Play, just for play's sake, is more than good…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 3, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders reflects on the benefits of street play when he was a child in Brooklyn, NY. The inset is a picture of Senator Sanders and his older brother in front of the same building.
This is NOT a political statement. Click on the image above to see a…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 13, 2016 at 3:45pm — No Comments
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This blog from Public Workshop's Alex Gilliam is worth sharing here even if Atlanta's Snowmageddon only yielded drifts of 1/16th of an inch. (Hear…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 24, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 21, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Kindergartners get into recess. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Atlanta pediatrician and parent Sarah Gard Lazarus has done a great service to the children of Atlanta with her opinion piece on recess …Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on January 14, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 11, 2015 at 11:20am — No Comments
Chastain Park teens talk about how they like to play in this raw footage. The male voice offering advice from off-camera is former ABC News correspondent Al Dale, father of Summer Dale. The young ladies from L-R: Summer Dale, Ana Dodys, Reeves, Trivette.
Everyone complains about teenagers so much that we forget they are still kids.…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 5, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on September 7, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on August 18, 2015 at 4:32pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 27, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on June 16, 2015 at 8:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 4, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments
“It has never been more…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on May 4, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on February 25, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 1, 2014 at 2:52pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Cynthia Gentry on December 1, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments