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London borough of Wandsworth plans fines of up to £500 for climbing trees, flying kites or playing cricket in parks | London

London borough of Wandsworth plans fines of up to £500 for climbing trees, flying kites or playing cricket in parks | London | PlayRocks - Play in the Press - 2018 | Scoop.it
It has always been seen as one of the most innocent of childhood pursuits, a rite-of-passage physical challenge fondly recalled in adult life. But now killjoy councillors in London are threatening a clampdown on tree climbing in dozens of public parks - with the threat of a £500 fine to back it up. Children in Wandsworth clambering up an oak or a maple without “reasonable excuse” will face the wrath of park police under a new set of rules governing behaviour in its 39 open spaces.
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Is It Time To Bring Risk Back Into Our Kids' Playgrounds? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

Is It Time To Bring Risk Back Into Our Kids' Playgrounds? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR | PlayRocks - Play in the Press - 2018 | Scoop.it
Are playgrounds in the U.S. too sterile and risk-averse to help our kids thrive? Anthropologist Barbara J. King considers play and child development in evolutionary perspective.
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World Service - Witness, Playgrounds Made of Junk

World Service - Witness, Playgrounds Made of Junk | PlayRocks - Play in the Press - 2018 | Scoop.it
Post-war Britain saw a rise in "adventure playgrounds" born out of bomb-sites
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The Push for Outdoor and Nature-Based Preschools

The Push for Outdoor and Nature-Based Preschools | PlayRocks - Play in the Press - 2018 | Scoop.it
When did America decide preschool should be in a classroom?
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One man's trash: how using everyday items for play benefits kids

One man's trash: how using everyday items for play benefits kids | PlayRocks - Play in the Press - 2018 | Scoop.it
Recycled or scrap parts including tunnels, pipes, crates, foam, rubber and plastic parts make for better play equipment for kids than a fixed swing set.
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Girls and women need more time in nature to be healthy

Girls and women need more time in nature to be healthy | PlayRocks - Play in the Press - 2018 | Scoop.it
Women and adolescent girls say that being outdoors in nature offers opportunities to gain confidence in physical activity.
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Tirana: Transforming a City by Kid-Friendly Urban Policy

Tirana: Transforming a City by Kid-Friendly Urban Policy | PlayRocks - Play in the Press - 2018 | Scoop.it
The ambitious mayor of Tirana, Albania, is selling a wary constituency on economic transformation by putting kids at the forefront of his agenda.
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Why helicopter parenting may jeopardize kids’ health

Why helicopter parenting may jeopardize kids’ health | PlayRocks - Play in the Press - 2018 | Scoop.it
Has protective parenting gone too far? Several high-profile news stories, along with increasing rates of childhood obesity, anxiety and depression, have sparked a movement encouraging parents to allow their children greater freedom. The nonprofit Let Grow is leading the call for what’s known as “free range parenting,” in which kids can just be kids. William Brangham reports.
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In Britain’s Playgrounds, ‘Bringing in Risk’ to Build Resilience - The New York Times

In Britain’s Playgrounds, ‘Bringing in Risk’ to Build Resilience - The New York Times | PlayRocks - Play in the Press - 2018 | Scoop.it
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.
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Why Europe’s parks and playgrounds are so much more active than America’s

Meghan Talarowski started out designing urban parks for the Trust for Public Land, a U.S.-based nonprofit, and she was building a research arm for a landscape architecture firm when London came…
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Early Childhood Development: 5 Proven Benefits Of Play : NPR Ed : NPR

Early Childhood Development: 5 Proven Benefits Of Play : NPR Ed : NPR | PlayRocks - Play in the Press - 2018 | Scoop.it
The nation's doctors are being enlisted in a new fight: reclaiming children's right to play. A research paper urges pediatricians to prescribe playtime.
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Five Classic Designs That Help Kids Become Independent

Five Classic Designs That Help Kids Become Independent | PlayRocks - Play in the Press - 2018 | Scoop.it
Designing for kids requires close observation and deep empathy, and deserves to be taken seriously, says critic Alexandra Lange.
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9 Ways To Give Your Kids More Freedom

9 Ways To Give Your Kids More Freedom | PlayRocks - Play in the Press - 2018 | Scoop.it
Dial down the 'what if' worries and let your children be children.
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Monkey bars: No more monkeying around, the push to remove dangerous play equipment

Monkey bars: No more monkeying around, the push to remove dangerous play equipment | PlayRocks - Play in the Press - 2018 | Scoop.it
Opponents say monkey bars are anachronistic and dangerous, others say they get kids outdoors and active. Either way, they may soon become a thing of the past.
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Why the Danes encourage their kids to play dangerously —

Why the Danes encourage their kids to play dangerously — | PlayRocks - Play in the Press - 2018 | Scoop.it
Both teachers and parents generally get out of the way to let children do what they love: run, jump, climb, dig, hide, run, and get hurt.
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