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Playground News - Girls are Less Active Than Boys

Visiting my daughter's kindergarten class at recess, it's hard to tell exactly who is playing with who. Boys and girls are everywhere, climbing, crawling, and chasing. But according a recent study, by age 10, boys are more likely to be the ones exerc...

DailyDish - Resolve to Play

Take a cue from your kids and resolve to play more this coming year!...

Snow Play for a Snow Day

We had two snow days in a row last week, unusual for us in early December. The snowfall so far this year has been heavy, suggesting there will be plenty more opportunities this winter to sleep in, ditch the routine for the day, and play in the s...

Do Shy Kids Ruin Nativity Plays?

My response to that is, well, what's NOT to be ruined about nativity plays? I can't stand them, myself, and I was raised Catholic (so you'd think I'd be all about them). I probably feel this way because as a child in Catholic school I was relegated ...

Should Recess Be Mandated?

Ellie had two early dismissal days at school last week and came home complaining. She wasn't upset about missing a few hours of school, she was bummed about missing recess. I sympathized, but pointed out to her that some kids don't get recess at all....

Toy Hall of Fame honors the stick

The National Toy Hall of Fame is a repository of great toys that generations of children have enjoyed. Since 1998, the best of the best as selected by historians, educators and others have been proudly displayed at the Strong National Museum of Play ...

Do you play hooky?

Nearly one-third of workers have played hooky from their jobs, calling in sick when in reality they are taking an unscheduled day off. A survey by CareerBuilder.com revealed that American employees used excuses that ranged from not wanting to lose a ...

Does your child spend enough time playing?

On the first day of fall there is frost on the grass in the fields as I drive to work. The maples are turning red. The kids come dashing into the classroom wearing new snug fleeces and sneakers: the first time their toes have been covered since summ...

Adventure - An essential ingredient of childhood

Schools have banned tag and other chase games. Playground equipment is safe and non-threatening. Swings are short so they can't swing too high. Climbing a tree is a lost art. Keeping kids safe is important, but are we protecting our children too much...

Saturday morning surrealism

It started when Sara came into our bedroom asking "is this your package?" over and over again. Rachel was still asleep (or trying to be) and I was faced away from the door working. At first, I couldn't see what she had in the way of a "package" and i...

An honest response

I was in the shower when I heard someone outside the bathroom at the top of the stairs. It sounded like someone playing with the still-in-the-box presents put there to be opened in due time. I looked out (our bathroom has a glass door) and, sure enou...

Playing with guns could help little boys learn

The British Department for Children, Schools and Families says that parents and caregivers should suppress any "natural instinct" they possess to stop little boys from playing with toy guns. According to the organization, role-playing helps to foster...

My first field trip

Yesterday, I went on my first field trip. Well, not really my first, of course -- I'd been on plenty when I was in school and even went along as an adult on my niece's third grade field trip, but this was the first time I'd gone with one of my kids. ...

Twinkle Kids' Handmade Twinkle Cake

I love the idea of cooking and baking. The fresh produce, the smells coming from the kitchen, the decadent desserts. Unfortunately with my time constraints, the closest I'll ever come to creating a culinary feast is watching Top Chef. Well, look out...

Lack of vitamin D putting kids at risk

For some reason, Ellie has decided that milk is the most delicious beverage known to man and requests glass after glass of the stuff. Obviously, this is a good thing as we all know that vitamin D is good for her growing bones. But did you know that s...

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