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Mud, Mud, Mud! The internet’s largest list of muddy activities for children and families.

Submitted by Admin on Sun, 06/23/2019 - 15:13

When it comes to children and play, mud is a beautiful thing.

If you think about it, mud is Mother Nature's original sensory play medium and it's been around since the dawn of mankind - way before parents ever thought about the notion of "sensory play"!).

This gloriously mucky yet versatile substance has been used worldwide by countless indigenous artists, as well as builders and construction experts. This continues to be the case even today.

Realising Article 31 … a shared responsibility

Submitted by Admin on Thu, 05/31/2018 - 11:40

By Robyn Monro Miller, President of the International Play Association

2018 marks the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations General Comment 17 on the right of the child to play. Today is World Play Day: it’s time to reflect on just how far we have gone in those five years.

"Adults in many communities are hearing the message about how important play is and embracing it"- Robyn Monro

In Britain’s Playgrounds, ‘Bringing in Risk’ to Build Resilience

Submitted by Admin on Mon, 03/12/2018 - 16:46

From The New York Times:

In Britain’s Playgrounds, ‘Bringing in Risk’ to Build Resilience.

After decades spent ratcheting up safety measures, many British educators say the pendulum has swung too far. Bring on the scissors, bricks and mud pits. Read the full article at the New York Times website.

Risky Busines by Emily Ditchburn

Submitted by Admin on Sat, 12/09/2017 - 10:25

An article re posted here in full from the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australsia.
Words by: Emily Ditchburn
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Can there be such a thing as keeping children ‘too safe’? Absolutely – and councils shouldn’t be scared to play their part by introducing a little risk into playgrounds.

Play Australia Member co authors article for The Conversation website

Submitted by Admin on Tue, 12/05/2017 - 13:04

Praise for Play Australia member Kym Simoncini from the University of Canberra, who has co-authored this article for the very popular website - 'The Conversation'.

The article is titled 'Christmas shopping: Why blocks are still the best present you can buy children' and is a well structured and convincing argument.

Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines from The Australian Federal Government

Submitted by Admin on Fri, 11/24/2017 - 19:30

This week the Australian Federal Government's Department of Health has released new 'movement guidelines' which support Play Australia's promotion of play for young people and families in Australia.

We have reproduced the guidelines here, with all links directed to the Department of Health's website.

Regardless of how young or old you are, there are physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines available for you.