Friday, March 7, 2008

Play is the thing

I am passionate about simple, battery free, creative, play and I'm not alone! Here are a few of my favorite online haunts that support this same principle:
  • Right To Play is one amazing organization! Here's a description of what they do from their very own website: Right To Play uses specially-designed sport and play programmes to improve health, build life skills, and foster peace for children and communities affected by war, poverty, disease. Working in both the humanitarian and development contexts, Right To Play has projects in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. A truly amazing organization!
  • Romp is a fabulous online store:ROMP’s toys don't simply look beautiful, they engage kids' (and grown-ups') natural curiosity and wonder at the world. we don’t believe in toys that tell kids how to play, instead we like to see kids be kids and learn through open-ended play. Oh, how I agree with every line!
  • A fantastic article by a Vanessa Ong who is an Occupational Therapist. The article is entitled, The Importance of Play for Children.
  • With the attention we all seem to finally be giving to our planet, there is a huge movement in the natural and organic toy market. NaturalPlay is a wonderful online store that even sorts toys from ages of birth to 88 years old. So, there's something for everyone here.
This is a great start! Please feel free to share any links you may have that promote self defined imaginative play and interaction.

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