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  • 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!

  • Four tips for squeezing in unstructured free play time

    Remember when a child’s only responsibility was to have fun and just be a kid? Me too! But honestly, it bums me out to see how, through the years, their day-to-day schedules have shifted. Kids’ days were once about going to school and coming home to play.

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  • Keep play in preschool

    Just 30 years ago, 40 percent of a typical preschool day was devoted to child-initiated play. Today, this number has fallen to just 25 percent (Miller & Almon, 2009). Over the years, play has taken a back seat to early academic preparation. But does reducing play in preschool benefit children academically and socially?

  • Autism: why playgrounds matter

    How can a playground make a difference for a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

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  • Why pursue a career in early childhood education

    “I think that teaching is a beautiful profession and that teachers of young children do one of the best things that there is to do in life: bring joy and beauty, mystery and mischievous delight into the hearts of little people in their years of greatest curiosity” – Jonathan Kozol

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