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  • Achieving healthy New Year's resolutions through play

    It’s that time of year again. The resolve to better oneself is underway. However, as time passes we find our enthusiasm dwindling. Have you ever wondered why New Year’s resolutions are so easy to make but so difficult to keep? More often than not, it’s because we fail to introduce a fun element to the resolution, making it seem like a chore.

    Play is one of our best bets at achieving a resolution. It brings us joy and enhances our quality of life. Here are some resolutions play can help us accomplish:

    Losing weight
    Losing weight is one of the most popular New Year resolutions. Joining a gym is another equally popular idea. How about skipping the gym and spending an hour playing outside every day instead? Chances are that we’ll enjoy it a lot more and get some fresh air, all while improving our fitness. Plus – it’s free.

    Improving relationships 
    Play can improve relationships. Playing with our partners, children, friends and family can be a great way of spending quality time together and reinvigorating our bond with them

    Eliminating stress
    We work too hard and play too little. Spending even 30 minutes a day playing or doing something recreational can take our minds off our worries and improve our state of mind

    Higher productivity 
    Everyone wants to be more productive. Taking part in unstructured play on a regular basis impacts the brain positively by increasing motivation and memory, driving efficiency, resulting in increased creativity and productivity

    Volunteering
    We often think about how we want to contribute towards society and create a positive impact. Play is the simplest and most meaningful solution. Several underserved communities around the country do not have access to unstructured, outdoor play. Identifying such communities and working with them to build play spaces and recreational zones is a great way to start volunteering

    How are you planning to incorporate play to achieve your New Year’s resolutions?

  • 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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