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7 Retro Playground Games To Teach Your Kids

3 August, 2016
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Complex skipping rope twirls, mad-cap running for British bulldog, infinite chant/ clap games: the school playground is a hotbed of imaginative ways to pass break time. Playgrounds may be safely spongy nowadays (no more scabby knees!), but children still love the elaborate ritual and fun of these ideas – as well as taking a big role in learning to make friends.  Full article

Playday 2016

2 August, 2016
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On Wednesday, thousands of children and young people from across the United Kingdom will be out playing, celebrating Playday – the national day for play.

Hundreds of local and regional play events are taking place to promote the importance of children’s right to play.

This year’s Playday theme ‘Play Matters…’ celebrates the many benefits of playing out doors. Many of our childhood memories are reminiscent of climbing trees, making dens, jumping in puddles, making mud pies, rolling down hills, playing with water, chasing, hide and seek, climbing.

It will be no surprise then to learn that when children talk about their preferred play experiences, they more often than not cite outdoor play as their favourite activity.   This makes sense; the outdoors is the very best place for children to practice and master emerging physical skills.  Frequent and regular opportunities to explore and play in the outdoor environment is essential for children’s holistic health, their well-being, health, happiness, learning and development.

Play Scotland’s Marguerite Hunter Blair said:  ‘Play matters for our children and our communities. Playing is an innate behaviour that also contributes to children’s quality of life, their well-being and their physical, social and cognitive development. Playday offers opportunities for children and families to get out and play in the garden, streets and local neighbourhoods which can help build better relationships across the generations and within the community – so get out and Play on Playday!’

Play England’s Chair of Trustees, Nicola Butler, said: ‘Play is vital for children’s mental health and wellbeing. It’s how children make friends, get active and fit, and become confident and competent.’

Mike Greenway of Play Wales said: ‘Play matters because it is how children define their lives and learn how they fit in the world. Unfortunately because it’s more fun than school some people think it’s less important; nothing could be further from the truth.’

Jacqueline O’Loughlin of PlayBoard NI said: ‘Play matters because it is important for children’s health, happiness and well-being.  Play supports creativity while developing children’s imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.  Through play children from the earliest of ages engage with and interact in the world around them’

Childhood development experts praise time in the great outdoors

4 July, 2016
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“Turn it off and go outside.”

Many of us heard Mom and Dad say it, but fewer appreciate the wisdom in their words.

Environmental author and journalist Richard Louv gave voice to what parents had believed for generations: Kids need nature.

With his New York Times best-selling book, “Last Child in the Woods,” Louv inspired a national dialogue among parents and educators about the widespread decline in the time children spent outside, an epidemic Louv referred to as “Nature Deficit Disorder.”  Full article

Exercise helps children learn, say experts

4 July, 2016
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Pupils who do sport or physical activity during school hours do not see their learning or exam results suffer, experts say.

Even one session of an activity that raises children’s heart rate is good for both their brain and their education, according to a panel of 24 specialists in exercise from eight countries, including Britain.  Full article

Experts warn children’s eyesight ‘ruined’ by life indoors

11 May, 2016
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There is to be a “myopic boom” among Scottish children due to less time spent outside and more spent focusing on phones, tablets and even books, eye experts have warned.

Craig Macdonald, opthalmic lead at the Edinburgh Clinic, said a growing tendency for children to play indoors rather than focus on objects in the far distance was creating an epidemic of shortsightedness.  Full article