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What Happens to Creativity as We Age?

24 November, 2017
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One day not long ago, Augie, a 4-year-old Gopnik grandchild, heard his grandfather wistfully say, “I wish I could be a kid again.” After a thoughtful pause, Augie came up with a suggestion: Grandpa should try not eating any vegetables. The logic was ingenious: Eating vegetables turns children into big strong adults, so not eating vegetables should reverse the process.  Full blog

 

In the modern city it is hard for children to find a place to play

12 October, 2017
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It has never been harder for children and young people in the modern city to find somewhere to play or meet with their friends, due to the seemingly ever-growing dominance of traffic and commerce, the increasing urban populations, the economic pressures on public space and austerity policies leading to the closure of many playgrounds and youth clubs.  Full blog

 

Don’t tell my kid to stop going up the slide!

2 October, 2017
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You know when your kids are running around, getting fresh air, and all is going smoothly? Everyone is getting along, going up and down the slide, laughing with each other and playing without a care in the world. Other kids join in. They’re laughing too. You look up from your phone and smile— you are really nailing this parenting thing today! Then some other kids’ mom comes up and says, “no no. The slide is for going down. The stairs are for going up.” Ummmmm wait. What.  Full blog

School grounds alliance adopts play sector approach to risk

2 October, 2017
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The International School Grounds Alliance (ISGA) has published a statement on the assessment and management of risks in outdoor play and learning. Risk in Play and Learning: the Ubud-Höök Declaration (after the Indonesian and Swedish centres where it was developed) was published earlier this month.  Full blog

 

 

Why kids should go barefoot more (and probably adults, too)

28 September, 2017
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During an unseasonably warm day this past winter, my husband and I walked with our three boys to the playground down the street from our house. The sunshine was toasty and the boys were quick to take advantage of it. As soon as we arrived, all three of our little boys immediately shed the light jackets they had been wearing, along with their shoes and socks, and took off, small bare feet pounding and bouncing on the playground’s rubberized soft surface. They ran fast, climbed easily, using their feet to wrap around the poles they scaled, clearly delighted. It wasn’t long before a few other children at the playground caught on and attempted to remove their shoes and socks.  Full blog

 

We’d all benefit from encouraging children to go outside and take risks

28 September, 2017
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Stop popping the balloons. Forget the dew on the grass. Bring back the conkers and the yo-yos. And ditch those hi-vis jackets that make every child look like Bob the Builder. It’s time, says the chief inspector of schools, to blast the bugles, sound the trumpets and chuck out the cotton wool. It’s time, in fact, to set the children of this nation free.  Full blog