Spooky Season Brings New Ways to Play

October has arrived, and Halloween is right around the corner. Halloween encourages children to unleash their sense of play when they dress up as their favorite characters and act out who they want to be for the day. Encourage your child to get moving this Halloween season. Whether it’s walking around the neighborhood for trick-or-treating,…

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Express Yourself—With Play!

Research shows that children use free play to express their emotions and learn to deal with their fears and scary experiences. Free play allows children to fully express themselves without anyone or anything holding them back, adding to the many benefits that children who play regularly experience. Think back to your own childhood—how many imaginary…

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Books, Backpacks and PLAY! It’s Time for Back to School

Changing leaves and the crisp autumn air are right around the corner—back to school season is upon us. As you fill up your children’s backpacks with books and their lunchboxes with healthy meals, remember that play is healthy for them, too—and recess provides them with the perfect outlet to play to their heart’s content. Along…

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Playing Outside in the Summer

There are many ways for kids to play outside on hot summer days—just make sure they don’t forget water and sunscreen! Our survey on parental attitudes on play said 80 percent of parents agree that their kids enjoy playing outdoors much more than playing indoors. Play also builds children’s social, physical, cognitive and emotional skills,…

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10 Years of Play: A Recap from the Annual Conference on the Value of Play

The U.S Play Coalition’s annual conference brought together leading experts and leaders in “PLAY FOR LIFE,” which explored play across the lifespan. IPEMA and the Voice of Play was once again a sponsor and we were thrilled to do a presentation with Olga Jarrett, Ph.D. and Lynn Campanella of Playocracy Inc. “Why Play Matters: The…

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Survey Says: While Bullying Is Real, Most Teachers Agree Recess Can Reduce It

Olga Jarrett, recess expert, wrote in her research-based case for recess that, “given the strong evidence suggesting recess meets so many physical, social, emotional, and academic needs, recess for all is a goal worth pursuing.” And we agree! The good news is that more states are getting back on track with recess, too, like Arizona.…

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Survey Says: Teachers Agree Recess is Essential to Student Development

IPEMA’s Voice of Play initiative promotes growth in the quality and quantity of children’s free play and the use of playgrounds. When we wanted to uncover findings about the benefits of recess we went straight to the source – teachers! After surveying them, we hope the data will shed light on the importance of recess,…

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