Community-built playspaces aren't just for kids! A few simple additions to the area around your playspace — like benches, shade structures, and murals — will transform it into an inviting community space. Learn more about how to plan your play environment . These step-by-step instructions include shopping lists, skill level, and even a recommended number of volunteers!
Outdoor School? Best Practices in Involving Young Children in Outdoor Experiences January 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM EST, 3:00 PM CST, 2:00 PM MST, 1:00 PM PST (60 minutes) Schools have a unique opportunity to offer children crucial free play time as well as the possibility of making lasting connections with natural environments.
Over the Spring and Summer, we’ll be featuring the Top 30 Family Friendly National Trust sites, with plenty of ideas to help you make the most of your National Trust membership. Whether your children love their history and art or simply a good run around and some fresh air, these National Trust sites are certain to give them something to remember. First up, 5 of the best National Trust sites with woodland play areas…
Developmental Benefits of Playgrounds by Joe L. Frost, Association for Childhood Education International | PaperbackOverview Four American academics, researchers and consultants from the fields of early education, curriculum and instruction present current research findings on children's play and appropriate playground materials, equipment, and use patterns. Coverage includes patterns and stages of play behaviors across the age spans; the contemporary decline of children's physical fitness; the functions and developmental benefits of specific playground equipment, focusing on heights, overhead apparatus, climbers, and swings; sand and water play; and recommendations for future comprehensive playgrounds to enhance all forms and levels of children's development. For educators, parents, and other professionals working with children. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Overview Kid's Play is designed to improve a child's early development skills in preparation for kindergarten. The activities created by Speech, Occupational Therapists, Adapted Physical Educators and Preschool teachers are fun techniques that can: 1) improve speech and overall communication, 2) strengthen visual motor skills, 3) improve coordination, balance and muscle strength, and 4) encourage logical, creative thinking, and memory abilities of a young child. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
This book is about children's play and development. To understand any human activity, such as play, it is necessary to explore that activity as it has evolved over time. We begin in Chapter 1 with a look at "Play's History: Ideas, Beliefs, and Activities." Indeed, play does have an epic history, dating back thousands of years. As we state in Chapter 1, play activities existed long before recorded history. As a result, we have both prerational knowledge of play, which has remained with us since before the onset of recorded history, and rational knowledge of play, those aspects of play that we have come to be aware of by means of scholarship.
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