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Reading about play

young-girl-with-stack-of-booksThe lag in my posting has been due to my tremendous stack of reading that I’ve been trying to whittle down. The problem is, the more I read, the more I find to read. Here’s a list of a few things that have been keeping me busy thinking about play:

The American Academy of Pediatrics has a report out on the importance of play, particularly “free and unstructured play”, which our society has been eradicating. Here’s a quick summary of the report, and it also links to the full report (pdf) if you’re interested.

A few weeks ago, the blog PhD in Parenting had a carnival of play for which other bloggers wrote posts pertaining to play. These have been wonderful, quick reads and the book reviews have added to my to-read stack.

Another blog that is on my must-read list is The Grass Stain Guru. Bethe has wonderful posts and supports play whole-heartedly! She also has added to my list with her book recommendations.

There are also a lot of organizations promoting play. The Alliance for Childhood has a great Play Resource List. The National Institute for Play looks more into the science of play. Founder Dr. Stuart Brown and his co-author Christopher Vaughan wrote Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. Needless to say, I will be reading that this summer. I’m also intrigued by the organization KaBoom! They help communities come together to create play spaces. A little birdie, named Twitter, told me that Michelle Obama has met with them recently!

So now you know what I’ve been up to. All of this reading has been great research to develop Peekaboos upon. It’s encouraging to me that I’m not the only one wanting more unstructured play for children and parents.

What have you been reading about play lately?

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06 2009

Whoa Mama

mamasourceI’ve never been into forums or online groups. But when a friend sent me an email with a link to Mamasource, I was hooked instantly. It seems easier to me than other forums and I like the way it’s organized. It has a list of mom-owned businesses and special offers. I even met two people in my area that were looking to find a playgroup.

It seems harder as an adult, and more so as a parent, to make new friends. I never thought I would find a friend online. Have you made new friendships in ways you never would have expected?

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03 2009

Oh the places you’ll go

pleasetouchIf you find yourself in Philly, I highly recommend you visit the Please Touch Museum. I’m so sad that The Center for Creative Play in Pittsburgh closed before I could experience it with my kids. What is your favorite place to bring your children to play?

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03 2009