How Indoor Play Areas are Helping to Bring American Malls Back to Life

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To trace the origins of the iconic American shopping mall, one must travel all the way back to the mid-twentieth century. It was in 1956 that Southdale, the first enclosed shopping space in the United States, opened outside of Minneapolis. Over the next fifty years, roughly 1,500 similar structures were built across the country, and… Read more »

Play to Learn, The Importance of Recess in Education

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As Children Return to School, A Reminder that Daily Play Makes a Measurable Difference     Since the early days of one-room school houses, recess has been an important part of education. In those early times, there was often an informal period of play before and after school, in addition to a regular mid-day break. Even… Read more »

Hula, Twist, and Charleston: Thinking in Motion with “Dancing” Play Elements

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Play is an essential learning tool for children. It enhances the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Being curious, I’ve taken a look into what play really is and why it is so important for human beings. The 2009 task force report from the Cambridge, MA Healthy Parks and Playgrounds Initiative concludes the following: Play is… Read more »