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Risk and challenge - vital ingredients of a 21st century playground
“Children’s appetite for exploration, stimulation and everyday adventure remains as strong as ever,” says Tim Gill, an independent researcher, writer and consultant. Tim also...
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Child's Play Design Charrette
In a mere five hours, the Child's Play Design Charrette laid the groundwork to help family child care providers tap into grants from A Running Start Philadelphia: Facility Fund...
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The Art of Active Play Healthy Play Panel
The Collaborative has been looking at play from many angles through its Play Space initiative, which explores the unexpected ways that innovative play space helps both children...
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Children Need Nature
Gail Farmer is Director of Education at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. She shares her vivid childhood memories of "The Hill" and tells us why nature play fires...
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Playgroundology shines a light on Play Space
PlayGroundology scours the web for "all things bright, beautiful and occasionally tarnished in the world of playgrounds." Check out their great interview today with Alexa Bosse...
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The Health of Active Play
By Mica Root As the poorest large city in the United States, Philadelphia faces many challenges to the health of our people. We have high rates of unemployment, and low rates of...
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Playing to Learn
"Nothing beats watching a child experience the joy and wonder of play," says Dr. Brenna Hassinger-Das. She studies the links between play and learning every day as a postdoctoral...
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The Art of Active Play Recaptured
“Make it easy for families to be active together... Build something special and beautiful… Don’t give us physical activity that feels like exercise.” This is just some of the...
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Sign up for the Play Space Design Competition!
The Community Design Collaborative and DVAEYC have chosen three real-life public sites in Philadelphia—a library, recreation center, and school—for our Play Space Design...
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