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  • Play like a champ: making every Sunday ‘super’

    On Sunday, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will go head to head in Super Bowl 50.

    Super Bowl Sunday is no doubt an awesome day to hangout with friends, crack open a drink and snack on wings and hoagies. But I think Sundays in general are an ideal time for sneaking in some much needed play.

    Even the NFL agrees. The organization runs NFL PLAY 60, a campaign designed to tackle childhood obesity by getting kids active through in-school, after-school and team-based programs and partnerships with like-minded associations.

    So how can you make this and every Sunday super? Aim for play!

    Weather or not
    Sort of like the US Postal Service, neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night, should keep us from playing. Commit to making Sunday a play day regardless of the weather or season.

    Dress for adventure
    Instead of sporting your “Sunday best”, opt for sweats or other casual clothes. Head outside with the family and see what happens. Make mud puddles your friend.

    Who’s the boss?
    Let the kids decide how they want to spend their time outside. Start shifting away from adult-dictated and supervised play to kid-directed free play. As a dad, I’ve seen many positive changes when I empower my boys.

    How do you ensure playtime for your family on the weekends?

  • Celebrate the Worldwide Day of Play 2015

    Did you know that this Saturday, September 26th is the Worldwide Day of Play? Started by television network Nickelodeon in 2004, the annual celebration inspires children to go outside and experience fresh air and fun. The network will stop programming on all of its channels for three hours, encouraging children and parents to turn off the television and play, particularly outdoors.

    Instead of changing the TV to a different channel this Saturday, we encourage you to help #SavePlay! Unstructured free play is extremely important for children’s physical, cognitive, social, emotional and creative development. It teaches us to problem solve, show compassion and use our imaginations. With all of these benefits, play is working overtime to mold kids into incredible people. The best part? It doesn’t feel like work at all!

    Gearing up for last year’s Worldwide Day of Play, Playworld’s CMO Greg Harrison shared more about play’s importance in a guest post on parenting blog Life Without Pink. You can read his piece here. Here at Playworld, we think play should be celebrated daily! It’s important to incorporate play into everyday life, whether it’s at the school playground, local park or even in your own backyard. How will you participate in the Worldwide Day of Play?

    If you’re not sure how to get out and active this Saturday, read through our playful blog posts for inspiration!

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