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Beloeil wants to designate some streets play zones for kids
To encourage more residents to be physically active, an off-island Montreal suburb wants to designate some streets as play zones. The City of Beloeil initiative, dubbed “Dans ma rue, on joue” (on my street, we play),... Read more
British kids start using iPads and Tablets at the Age of TwoMost kids start using tablets by the age of two and get a smartphone when they are seven, a survey has found. More than half of parents admitted they made the wrong decision and, shockingly, over... Read more
Five reasons why nature play is awesomeOur family is lucky enough to live in a beautiful environment; near the beach but on a mountain. We have beautiful walking tracks, waterfalls, beaches, riverbeds, creeks, wetlands and bush trails all within close proximity.... Read more
Korean children spend 34 minutes outdoors per daySouth Korean children spend an average of 34 minutes outside each day, significantly less than children in other countries, a study showed Tuesday. The National Institute of Environmental Research said that Korean children spend less time... Read more
Diversity within the children play sectorHaving worked in the Play and Youth Work profession for over 16 years in a variety of roles and settings, writing about diversity within the play sector is very dear to my heart. ‘Why?’, you may... Read more
An urban planners guide to engaging with childrenChildren are the group in society, arguably, most sensitive to their surroundings and most affected by changes in their local environment. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child enshrines in international law a... Read more
Children nature play takes new heightsMany science museums and zoological parks provide outdoor play spaces for their young visitors and families. The Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina provides an exemplary nature play space worth replicating elsewhere.... Read more
New research shows prisoners spend more time outdoors than UK childrenAccording to a new survey, funded by laundry detergent Persil, children spend less time outdoors than high-security prisoners. The Unilever detergent company wanted to bring this issue to life and to start a global conversation about... Read more
Meditation can foster academic success for childrenA 2015 research study found that fourth- and fifth-grade students who participate in a four-month meditation program showed improvements in executive functions like: cognitive control working memory cognitive flexibility better math skills The program, called MindUP, incorporated mindfulness practices such... Read more
Decline in American children involved in sportsThe 2016 Project Play Summit is the nation’s premier gathering of thought leader’s at the intersection of youth, sport, and health. On Tuesday at the Summit, more than 450 youth sports advocates, professional league officials and... Read more
Box City Event: Children learn urban developmentBox City in Denver, Colorado is a free event for children, ages 5 to 12, where participants learn about the process of urban development and the principles that make for sound architecture, design and planning.... Read more
Knowledge about the nature of children’s preferred play spaceDanish Landscape Architect, Helle Nebelong, discusses her opinion on natural play space. In the article Nebelong says public playgrounds are an important area for children’s development. It is a stage in the children’s life where... Read more
Combining physical play and technology: the Mover KitTechnology Will Save Us has launched their most recent product, the Mover Kit for children. According to researchers, 65% of jobs in the future currently do not exist. We need to prepare the Generation X/Y... Read more
104 Schools Helped by Imagination Playgrounds in 2016On 11th of May, Imagination playgrounds announced to helping 104 schools from the beginning of 2016. Imagination playgrounds is a play concept developed to encourage child-directed, creative free play. In comparison with the recent article ‘How playing with... Read more
How World Vision is Helping the Syrian CrisisIn 2014 statistics, World Vision (WV) provided support to over 382,000 syrian refugees, 65 per cent of beneficiaries were children. Currently, there are 13.5 million people in Syria that need humanitarian assistance due to a... Read more
Loose parts play is highly engaging for children“In any environment, both the degree of inventiveness and creativity, and the possibility of discovery, are directly proportional to the number and kind of variables in it.” Simon Nicholson, 1972, p. 5. When community activities attempt to... Read more
Lab van Troje, a local non-profit organization in Ghent, Belgium is preparing a fourth generation of ‘Living Streets’: an experimental project that invites citizens to conceive and implement more sustainable and livable solutions for the... Read more
Interview with the City of Ghent’s children’s ambassador, Elke Decruynaere
Elke Decruynaere, the Alderwoman of Education, Upbringing and Youth for Ghent, which is...
Giving children a voice in adult elections
During the last municipal elections for Sassari, in Sardinia, Italy, children played an...
An information guide for designing outdoor play spaces
The 7 C’s of Young Children’s Outdoor Play Spaces is an information guide...
The City of Ghent’s strategic plan to be a child and youth-friendly city
With more than 250.000 inhabitants, Ghent is the 3rd largest city of Belgium....