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Where there are children, there is play. It is a universal impulse, as old as humanity. Physical play, verbal play, friendship play, solitary play – it is the exercise of body and imagination, marked by humour, challenge, invention and exploration. As essential to childhood as food and drink.
Dr. June Factor
The New York Times
The Richmond Avenue Primary and Nursery School looked critically around their campus and set about, as one of them put it, 'bringing in risk'. Out went the plastic playhouses and in came the dicey stuff: stacks of two-by-fours, crates and loose bricks. The schoolyard got a mud pit, a tire swing, log stumps and workbenches with hammers and saws.
Steven Herrick - The Guardian
No video game, Covid-19 lockdown or computer simulation can replace the childhood liberation of being alone on a bicycle
Melbourne writer Doug Hendrie gives us a refreshing take on his family's learnings from the 2020 Pandemic. Doug's recent article featured in The Age, and speaks to how the lockdown gave him and his children the freedom to be bored!
By Doug Hendrie - Melbourne Writer November 28, 2020
World Health Organisation
WHO statistics show that one in four adults, and four out of five adolescents, do not get enough physical activity. Globally this is estimated to cost US$54 billion in direct health care and another US$14 billion to lost productivity:
Playground Professionals LLC (PGP)
Australian Institure of Health and Welfare