Category Archives: Playing Out

Dads4Play on Father’s Day

Ok Dads, tomorrow is our big day. Let’s take the opportunity to get outdoors with our kids and play.

Did you know that only 5% of 5 to 17-year-olds in Canada get the recommended amount of daily physical activity? (See most recent stats in ParticipACTION’s 2016 Report)

Did you know that play “can provide a basis for the transformation of wider communities?” as reported in the 2014 publication by the Children’s Play Policy Forum – The Play Return: A review of the wider impact of play initiatives (updated).

Did you know that in the US kids spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media? (Source: USC Rossier Online)

IMG_0276Photo credit – Vincenzo Ravina. The three younger kids and I at the submarine playground, Halifax, Canada.

Dads, we are part of the problem but with a little effort on our parts, we can be part of the solution.

Tomorrow, take the Dads4Play pledge. Think of the fun you’ll have and the memories you’ll make with your kids.

Now repeat after me. I pledge to:

– play outdoors a minimum of 3 hours per week with my kids

– connect my kids with nature at least twice a month

– share my play experiences with other dads

– improve my own physical fitness

– use the hashtag #dads4play when I tweet about kids, play and dads

Think about it, the best thing about father’s day is kids. So let’s get out there and do it for them. Give them the gift of play.

This Father’s Day message was brought to you by PlayGroundology.

DSC08680Father’s Day treasure trove of gifts

If you’re like our household, the kids couldn’t wait until Sunday to give their gifts. I was festooned with mine as I arrived from work last night.

Nellie-Rose made me a bookmark with a drawing of her and I skating on one side and a beautiful photo of her on the other side with hearts and a happy father’s day greeting she printed herself.

Noah-David’s drawing on a tile was of him and I outdoors on a recent road trip we made to Guysborough, Nova Scotia.

And according to the survey that Lila-Jeanne (3 1/2) completed with the help of her child care provider, I’m really good at ‘hula hoop and juggling 5 balls’. Apparently I spend most of the day playing outside with them too. The survey, which had a few other insights such as ‘I always say phone numbers’ made up the inside of Lila’s card to me.

So happy father’s day to you too papa. Thanks for those days of play way back when, for the time we spent together, the holding hands and the letting go. Hey, give me a shout if you want to take the pledge and play outdoors with me 3 hours a week. Cheers

Alex, Dad&Beaumont

ScreenShot Mondays – Global Play Memories Project and Playing Out

A couple of Mondays per month, PlayGroundology screenshots a cyberspot that focuses on playgrounds, or play. I hope readers dive in and explore. Even if you’ve seen the selection before, take a moment and check to see what content has been added recently.

Think of this as a very slow stumble upon, an invitation to relish something new or to revisit an old friend. Some of the people and places may be household names in the world of play and playgrounds, others not so much. I hope all will pique your interest in what they have to offer and further your own possibilities for playfulness.

On this first Monday of July for the very first time, we’re having a doubleheader, doubling your screenshot pleasure. This special occasion is to honour the kick off of IPA Wales 2011 which got underway earlier today in Cardiff.

Global Play Memories Project

The Global Play Memories Project caught my imagination this morning as soon as I saw it bouncing around the twitterverse. What a great idea. I’m curious to see how they will share and present the finished stories.

Answer the five questions and send in your responses by email, video, or audio recording. I’ve been thinking of what I’ll relate from my childhood and look forward to reading and hearing play memories from others around the world.

Playing Out

Playing Out was also on the tweet beat this morning. I came across the site a couple of months ago. I loved the design at first sight. The concept is sound or so say my memories of play in Toronto, Canada and Greenock, Scotland in the late 60s and early 70s. Take back the streets for safe play. This UK based group is helping communities do just that one street at a time.

Playing Out according to the site is:

Outdoor child-led free play on the street and around the neighbourhood. The term implies a degree of independent mobility and is usually unsupervised or semi-supervised.

The name of this particular project which aims to promote and encourage a return to street play through safe, direct action.

An after school, traffic-free play event that you can do on your own street.

So it’s a wrap for this edition of ScreenShot Mondays. All the best to presenters and participants at IPA Wales 2011. There will be fine results coming from the conference judging from the tweets that are flying about sharing information on projects such as these and much, much more. Unable to get to Cardiff, check the conference out out on Twitter @IPAWales2011 and #ipawales2011

As I sign off, here’s a snapshot memory of playing out. This is the playground that I have the earliest memories of at Toronto’s Bathurst and Finch intersection. This is going back nearly 50 years to the early 60s. The playground was there two years ago when I walked by and has remained virtually unchanged.