The Friday 5 for September 30th

30th September, 2011 - Posted by - No Comments

 Siblings on the path [Explored]

Friday Five –> Pronunciation:Fri•day ’fiv –> Function: Noun

Definition: Sampling of articles and blog posts that caught our eye that will be of interest to Head Start, parent and early childhood education communities.

Editor’s note: After a bit of a hiatus, The Friday 5 is back. I continue to be amazed by the amount of research and anecdotal evidence to support the need to get young children outdoors on a daily basis and the benefits of play. We look forward to sharing these stories here in The Friday 5! :-) Bethe

 This week’s Friday 5:

  1. According to a USA Today headline this week, Less play time equals more troubled kids.
  2. Time published a thought-provoking article: Back Off, Mom. Parents Who Hover Impede Kids’ Activity.
  3. The Atlantic published a great piece on playground and park design to promote active play.
  4. brings us an fantastic article highlighting the role of play in life and school in Finland that we hope will give you pause regarding the current state of play in American childhood.
  5. Family Wilds shares tips on Keeping Toddlers Actively Engaged Outside.

I think that should keep everyone busy for awhile! And remember, play is meant to be messy and adventurous. :-)

Did anything catch your eye this week? We would love to know about it — so please share it in the comments section.

Don’t forget to get outside and play this weekend. It’s good for the mind, body and spirit!

Play on! ~ Bethe

Blogger Bio: Bethe Almeras, MS, is the HSBS Education & Outreach Director. A long time educator and play advocate, she is passionate about outdoor play and connecting children with nature. In her free time Bethe writes a blog, The Grass Stain Guru, and can often be found playing outside. She is particularly fond of squirrels. And turtles. And sandpipers. And…

Creative Commons License photo credit: Ernst Vikne

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