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Playing in the Mud. It’s just the start of it.

“If no pediatrician would deny that the healthiest adults spent their childhood rolling around in dirt, why obsess over keeping kids squeaky clean?”*

Learning happens in exploratory play. And it’s been going on for tens of thousands of years. It’s different than organized play. It’s play where kids have time to wander, to make up games, to use their imagination and to fall in love with the world around them.

So, what holds us back … Read more!

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Exercise is good for kids…

Whenever I visit a school I try to learn as much as possible, always making it a point to ask students how they spend their day. I’m interested for a few reasons, including discovering how much physical activity they get. While my “research” is anecdotal, there’s plenty of evidence (besides our waistlines) that shows we get less exercise than we used to.

And while we might “know” exercise is good for our bodies, and we … Read more!

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Playtime – not just for kids

Often, I have a difficult time relaxing. Thinking it will make me feel like I’m being productive, I cram too much on my calendar and don’t take breaks. As it turns out, when I’m running around like a chicken with his head cut off, I never work at 100% efficiency. Nor is it much fun. So, I took a few minutes to re- read parts of Dr. Stuart Brown’s Play to be reminded purposeless fun … Read more!

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Time to Take Play Seriously: A Little Perspective


I note the calendar (it says ‘September’) and watch the sun set (earlier each day), yet I refuse to acknowledge what we know to be true: summer’s end is fast approaching. For me, summer represents the best of childhood: long days without schedules, mostly playing outside. So, while school may be back in session, let’s hope administrators understand what we know: outdoor play time is critical for healthy childhood development.

Why? For the vast majority … Read more!

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