Unstructured outdoor play is an important part of a healthy childhood, but Ontario schoolyards are falling short.
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Problems include no fields, no courts for games, no playgrounds, no bike racks and no traffic-calming surrounding the school. Bringing in minimum standards is important.
A playground is a great place for kids to exercise their bodies. But it’s also important to give kids opportunities to exercise their mind. Here’s how to do that.
While it can be difficult to get young kids to follow instructions around social distancing, there are a few things parents can do to minimise the risk of any COVID-19 spread on the playground.
Playgrounds might have been closed, but play remains important for the social fabric of cities and for reimagining the possibilities that are open to us.
Working long hours and want to make the most of time with your children? Your local park is an ideal place for sharing experiences that benefit the whole family.
Research shows public playgrounds don’t have the negative effect on property prices that some residents apparently fear.
Having a public playground in your neighbourhood can add value to your property.
Playing in nature improves children’s learning, social and emotional skills.
Children need to play and discover the world for themselves without too much restriction. Here are some ways we can enhance children’s opportunities to do this.
Parks are places where children make their own decisions, explore their imaginations and expand their abilities.
Parents are more willing to let children do their own thing in parks. It’s a chance for children to make their own decisions, explore their abilities and imaginations, and weigh up risks.
It can be hard to tell whether what’s in the box will encourage development or just be a waste of time.
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There’s a spectrum of quality when it comes to what kids can do with screen time. An expert in early childhood technology suggests picking tech activities that promote problem-solving and fun.
Safety standards for children’s products aren’t intended to completely prevent injury.
Only a minority of products in Australia actually have mandatory standards applied to them. There is a misconception that product standards can prevent all injuries.
Swings can be educational tools.
The way science is currently taught in southern African countries ignores the fact that the whole environment is a laboratory for learning.
Two young boys in helmets, playing soldiers with toy guns (1908-1928).
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Australian children were once free to play on the streets, but today the urban space is less friendly to children and their imaginations.
The Supreme Court’s decision in the Trinity Lutheran case is blurring the lines between church and state.
The Trinity Lutheran case signals the Supreme Court’s willingness to interpret separation of church and state as religious discrimination. What will this mean for the future of vouchers and school choice?
Older people in a park in Nanchang, China.
You don’t often see many of the nation’s 75 million seniors hanging out in parks. There may be a reason. Most parks are not designed with seniors in mind. Here are some ways to change that.