Right to Play, Risky Play, Reference of Play Organizations

Winter 2013

Winter 2013 Playground Magazine

The issues surrounding children’s play today are many. Those who are apprehensive about the concerns of play deprivation are fighting back! The value of play and the child’s right to play are championed by many great organizations who are working to bring back more opportunities for unstructured free play into children’s lives. A reference directory of these play organizations is included. Also included are articles advocating for risky play, recess at school, and active and healthy play for children that continues throughout life.

In This Issue...

Playworks
By: Cindy Wilson
Every day at thousands of elementary schools around the country, millions of kids spill onto the playground to experience recess. Recess is a rite of childhood. It is that wonderful time of day when kids get a break from classroom learning to play, socialize, and learn the valuable lessons and...
Natural Learning Initiative
By: The Play and Playground Magazine
The Natural Learning Initiative (NLI), College of Design, NC State University is an outreach unit focused on designing children’s play and learning environments. Through research, design assistance, and training, NLI seeks to promote a higher level of engagement, enhanced learning opportunities,...
Alliance for Childhood
By: Joan Almon
The Alliance for Childhood collaborates with parents, professionals, and like-minded organizations representing a broad spectrum of interests. We are committed to a healthy and creative childhood for every child and are deeply concerned that modern life makes it more and more difficult to achieve...
American Association for the Child's Right to Play
By: Marcy Guddemi
The origin of the International Play Association (IPA) and its affiliates in nearly 50 countries is close to 100 years old! In 1923, Save the Children founder, Eglantyne Jebb, drafted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Jebb believed that the rights of a child should be especially protected...
Voice of Play
By: Lesley Sillaman
The International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) is the playground industry’s leading voice in promoting both playground safety and the benefits of free, outdoor play for everyone.  IPEMA’s leadership in playground safety stems from its roots as a non-profit, membership, trade...
Girls whispering
By: The Play and Playground Magazine
Free-Range Kids www.freerangekids.com
Child swinging on a rope from a tree
By: Joan Almon
Play without risk is like a hotdog without mustard. It’s better than nothing but so much tastier when the two are together. Play without risk still has some value, but it quickly becomes rather boring.
young girl looking through a hole in a playground panel
By: Melinda Bossenmeyer
According to second grader, Allison Rincand, her favorite activity at school is, “Recess because I get to play with my friends.” Her response mirrors the majority of children in elementary school where over 80% of students rate recess as their favorite subject.
Grandparents hand-in-hand barefoot in grass
By: Joe Frost
“Those who influence children…must come to know that play is an innate, biological process, characteristic of all healthy children… just as essential as other basic needs of food, water, and shelter…that the seemingly innocuous process of free, spontaneous, outdoor play builds bodies and brains and...
Kids lining up for a foot race
By: The Play and Playground Magazine
A World Fit For Kids! www.worldfitforkids.org 678 South La Fayette Park Place Los Angeles, CA 90057-3206 (213) 387-7712   Active Living Research activelivingresearch.org University of California, San Diego 3900 Fifth Avenue, Suite 310 San Diego, CA 92013 (619) 260-5534   Alliance for Biking &...
Studying the Science of Play
By: Stuart Brown
The National Institute for Play, a non-profit research and education corporation, believes that to experience what it means to become fully human requires lifelong immersion in healthy play. Per below, it also exists to unlock the human potential through play at all stages of life using science to...
Children & Nature Network
By: Susan Lipman
We have within reach the hope and capacity to reverse the trends of the past 30 years in which so many people of all ages have become sedentary, isolated, and disconnected from the benefits, beauty, and bounty of nature’s gifts. At the same time, a growing body of research indicates that nature...
The Strong
By: Scott Eberle
This year nearly 600,000 guests will visit The Strong and its National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. With plenty to delight the senses and exercise the muscles they won’t have a passive experience. The museum offers opportunities to climb, to negotiate a tilted room for comical perspective...
US Play Coalition - Value of Play
By: Carly Summers
Through education, research, and outreach, the US Play Coalition promotes the value of play throughout life. The Coalition actively partners with organizations and individuals to amplify the call for an increased recognition of the value of play and more play in communities across the nation and...