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How Play Wires Kids’ Brains For Social and Academic Success

How Play Wires Kids’ Brains For Social and Academic Success

| August 7, 2014

Children learn their most important lessons on the playground, not in the classroom, researchers say.

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A Portal to Chaos and Adventure — In a Playground?

A Portal to Chaos and Adventure — In a Playground?

| August 5, 2014

What makes a great adventure playground? Among other things, lots of freedom, stuff to build … and a zip line.

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Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten

Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten

| July 23, 2014 | 26 Comments

At Swiss Waldkindergartens, or forest kindergartens, children spend all of their school days playing outdoors, no matter the weather. Instead of math or literacy requirements, they focus on the social interaction and emotional well-being found in free play.

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How One Designer Bridged the Gap Between Play and Learning

How One Designer Bridged the Gap Between Play and Learning

| July 20, 2014

An exhibit designer at the Boston Children’s Museum says kids are ‘natural scientists,’ and she wants to create experiences that cater to them.

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A Land Where Kids Roam Free

A Land Where Kids Roam Free

| July 18, 2014 | 5 Comments

A playground that seems dangerous to many adults provides a brand of freedom for kids to take risks through play that is gradually going extinct.

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Can Free Play Prevent Depression and Anxiety In Kids?

Can Free Play Prevent Depression and Anxiety In Kids?

| June 29, 2014 | 50 Comments

The decline in time children have for free play could be tied to increased levels of depression and acute anxiety among young people.

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Forget Summer School? A Case for Giving Kids Time for Free Play

Forget Summer School? A Case for Giving Kids Time for Free Play

| June 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

Letting kids play freely this summer could be the most important thing a parent does to improve academic outcomes next year.

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The Importance of Free Play for Learning

The Importance of Free Play for Learning

| January 22, 2014 | 9 Comments

What is lost when children’s lives become too scheduled?

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Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning

Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning

| October 23, 2013 | 22 Comments

Fed up with the restrictions at his conventional school, 10-year-old Scott Gray convinced his parents to transfer him to one where children control their own education. His father, Peter Gray, who’s a developmental psychologist, watched his son thrive and began seeking to understand how children learned in such a setting, and what lessons could be drawn from it.

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Despite Benefits, Recess for Many Students Is Restricted

Despite Benefits, Recess for Many Students Is Restricted

| July 26, 2013 | 11 Comments

Aside from keeping obesity at bay and providing a way to blow off steam, daily physical exercise has benefits that go beyond getting out the wiggles. But despite this, and many other benefits, finding time for recess has been a big hurdle for many schools.

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