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It's exciting and encouraging that there is so much press and research out there shouting about the benefits of playing outdoors for children.
Play - especially outside, child-directed play - is not a privilege. It is a right. And the more awareness there is of the impacts of not letting our children play, the more likely it is that we can induce change. Download the child-friendly poster explaining Article 31 of the Convention of the Rights of the Child: The Child's Right to Play.
As we come across articles and publications that we think may be of interest to others we will post them here. If you have an article or another publication you think should be on the list, please let us know!
The Importance of Being Little, Erika Chrisakis
Nature Preschools: Putting Nature at the Heart of Early Childhood Education, Ken Finch and Patti Bailie
The Wisdom of Play, David Elkind, Stuart Brown, Larry Schweinhart, and other early childhood experts
Making a Mud Kitchen, Jan White
Natural Playscapes, Rusty Keeler
Simplifying Childhood May Prevent Mental Health Issues, Huffington Post Canada, January 2017
The Day I Stopped Saying"Hurry Up", Brightside.me, February 2016
Our Kids Don't Need F@*#ing Pedal Desks, They Need Recess, ScaryMommy.com, January 2016
Child's Play: How Play Therapy Works, Psychology Today, January 2016
If We Know Play-Based Learning Works, Why Don't We Do It? KQED.org, October 2015
The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland, The Atlantic, October 2015
The new adventures of the adventure playground, The Spectator, July 2015
Out of the Classroom and Into the Woods, npr, May 2015
It's Never Too Early for Play!, Association of Play Industries, March 2015
Five-Minute Film Festival: Encouraging Kids to Get Outdoors, Edutopia.org, February 2015
Finnish Schools are on the Move - and America's Need to Catch Up, The Atlantic, January 2015
The Power of Play, communityplaythings.com, November 2014
The Overprotected Kid, The Atlantic, April 2014
How the American playground was born in Boston, The Boston Globe, March 2014
Self-Regulation and Pretend Play Link to Learning in Young Children, communityplaythings.com, November 2013
The Role of Risk in Play and Learning, communityplaythings.com, August 2013