Learn what unstructured free play is and why it’s so important our kids take part in it at every age.
It’s easy to create a movement space or room in the house where kids can move freely without worrying about breaking something.
A mud kitchen—an outdoor play kitchen and sand table accessorized with dirt, twigs, and flowers—is messy, wet, and gloriously fun.
There’s a steep hill in our local forest that my kids (ages one, four, and six) love to scale. It’s muddy, slippery, and full of tree roots, with ample opportunities to fall, get up, and fall again. I absolutely love watching them challenge themselves to do this, because I can see how it builds their … Continued
The problem is that making things too safe can starve children of the very experiences that best help them learn how to keep themselves safe and healthy. As rising numbers of children and teenagers struggle with emotional and social problems, it is all the more important to get this balance right. In the end, the … Continued
Editor’s note: This article was updated on December 8, 2022 Run, jump, swing, glide. When it comes to physical literacy, these essential skills open up a lifetime of fun and activities. And to make the most of an active lifestyle, it’s important to become proficient in these movement skills in every season, in all sorts … Continued
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