The View from the Playground: Get out and PLAY!
The research is in…now get outdoors and play!!!!
A study produced by the University of Colorado Boulder indicates that “children who spend more time in less structured activities—from playing outside to reading books to visiting the zoo—are better able to set their own goals and take actions to meet those goals without prodding from adults.” Known as executive function, this skill is critical in so many ways from goal setting/accomplishment to impulse control.
Check out the study online:
If you happen to need a great playground to visit this summer, check us out online:http://www.shanesinspiration.org/playgrounds/
The View from the Playground: Taking Flight!
Take flight with ZipKrooz™
Check out this incredible play event…a huge step for inclusive play!
Originally posted on Together We Play:
ZipKrooz lets kids zip from one end to the other, and back again for nonstop fun. With three lengths of track available, ZipKrooz and ZipKrooz Assisted can accommodate any playground or all three can be installed to offer users a graduated experience. Even better, when installed together ZipKrooz and ZipKrooz Assisted provide children of all abilities the feeling of flying side-by-side.
Learn more about ZipKrooz and ZipKrooz Assisted and see it in action below.
View from the Playground: Inspiring Play Think Tank!
Two weeks ago, Shane’s Inspiration’s Director of Design, Diane Scanlan, and Marnie Norris, Director of Programs, spent two days in deep play with Landscape Structures’ (www.playlsi.com) incredible design and development team as well as leaders in the field of inclusive play. The inspiring group looked at the world of play physically, socially, emotionally, and through the senses. They explored barriers and opportunities for people with disabilities, resulting in great ideas on how to transform the play experience into seamless inclusion. Shane’s Inspiration took home exciting program ideas, coming soon to a playground near you!
From Left to Right: Scott Roschi, Kerry Sornoski, Jane Jenewein
From Left to Right: Diane Scanlan, Gabe Cotten, John McConkey, Ingrid Kanics, Cynthia Gentry, Tom Keller
From Left to Right: Marnie Norris, Cynthia Gentry, Diane Scanlan
Not pictured: Tony Malkusak
The View from the Playground…Inclusion in Ecuador
On Friday, November 22, we had the incredible honor of marking the grand opening of the very first inclusive playground in Ecuador!
The City of Cuenca’s Mayor Paúl Granda López and his wife Gabriela Velez, along with former Vice President Lenin Moreno’s wife Rocio Gonzalez, celebrated side-by-side with hundreds of children of all abilities…some of whom experienced swinging and integrated play for the very first time in their lives.
Among those also celebrating this landmark playground were: Pat Faust, President of Landscape Structures, Jane Jenewein, Strategic Alliance Manager of Landscape Structures, Tiffany Harris, Co-Founder & CEO of Shane’s Inspiration, Brad Thornton, Director of Project Development at Shane’s Inspiration, and Marnie Norris, Director of Programs at Shane’s Inspiration.
The City embraced this fully-inclusive play space, which was originally inspired by the former Vice President’s office. On a deeper level, they embraced the core inspiration behind these play spaces: the knowledge that all children and adults deserve to participate in the life of their community.
Days prior to this amazing event, Shane’s Inspiration trained over 80 student teachers from the Universidad del Azuay.
They explored the concepts of social inclusion, play facilitation, and building connections between children with and without disabilities. Those students led the charge at the grand opening, engaging with and supporting the children as they played.
While there, we also demonstrated our education program for the City of Cuenca with 25 wonderful 8-year-old students at the Andes School. In the next two weeks, they will partner with students with disabilities to inaugurate the new playground with the first integrated field trip!
Shane’s Inspiration was honored to work with an amazing team of people that include: former Vice President Lenin Moreno, Dr. Alex Camacho Vásconez –General Secretary of SETEDIS, Isabel Maldonado Vasco, Melita Vega with the City of Cuenca’s Accion Social Municipal, Andrea Costales, and Andres Sevilla, among many others who built the playground.
From Los Angeles to Cuenca…it has been a powerful journey that is inspiring inclusion across the globe. Next stop on our world tour…Sochi, Russia. Stay tuned!
The View from the Playground: UN reinforces the right to play
International Play Association
Promoting the Child’s Right to Play
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
1 February 2013
UN STANDS UP FOR CHILDREN’S RIGHT TO PLAY, ARTS AND LEISURE IN A LANDMARK MOMENT FOR CHILDREN
United Nations adopts in-depth interpretation of ‘forgotten’ children’s rights
GENEVA - (1 February 2013) Today the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child announced the adoption of an official document, or “General Comment” (GC), that clarifies for governments worldwide the meaning and importance of article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Article 31 ensures that “States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities…and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.”
Article 31 has long been considered “the forgotten article” of the Convention. The General Comment adopted today, however, will right that wrong by clearly defining the responsibilities of governments that are implicit in the article.
The stated objectives of the General Comment are:
a) To enhance understanding of the importance of Article 31 for children’s well-being and development, and for the realisation of other rights in the Convention.
b) To provide interpretation to States parties with regard to the provisions, and consequent obligations, associated with Article 31.
c) To provide guidance on the legislative, judicial, administrative, social and educational measures necessary to ensure its implementation for all children without discrimination and on the basis of equality of opportunity.
The International Play Association (IPA), which since 2008 has led an international group of co-signatories to the request for a GC, has been closely involved in its development. Theresa Casey, President of IPA, warmly welcomed today’s adoption of the General Comment:
Play, recreation, rest, leisure and involvement in cultural and artistic life are all interrelated and critical to a happy, healthy childhood. Problems arise when such activities are considered luxurious or frivolous. Nothing could be further from the truth. They are all fundamental rights of children and IPA will do its best to continue supporting policy makers and practitioners who turn these rights into concrete actions. We are delighted by the Committee’s decision to emphasize the importance of Article 31 in a General Comment, and are honored to have assisted in the effort.
IPA’s work was supported by the Bernard van Leer Foundation.
About The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
Adopted in 1989 by the UN General Assembly, the CRC is a treaty that defines and illuminates - in 54 separate articles - a wide range of human rights due to those under the age of 18. In a statement in 2000, Nelson Mandela described the CRC as “that luminous living document that enshrines the rights of every child without exception to a life of dignity and self-fulfillment.”
(For more information, please visit http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/crc/)
About International Play Association (IPA)
International Play Association (IPA) is a non-governmental, voluntary organization founded in 1961. It has members in 50 countries and active groups around the world. IPA is an interdisciplinary organization bringing together people from all professions who work for and with children. IPA holds triennial conferences in different countries. The next conference will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2014. (For details see www.ipaworld.org)
A global survey in 2009 conducted by IPA and regional supporters in eight locations worldwide identified significant barriers to children’s play. The Global Consultation was integral to establishing the need for the development of the General Comment on article 31.
‘There isn’t an age to stop playing because playing never dies inside us!’, child participant in IPA consultation in Brazil 2011.
‘Governments have to remember that you were children and you had dreams to play freely in the past’, child participant in IPA consultation in Lebanon 2011.
About Bernard van Leer Foundation
The Bernard van Leer Foundation is an international grant making foundation based in The Hague. Its mission is to improve opportunities for children up to age 8 who are growing up in socially and economically difficult circumstances. The Foundation sees this both as a valuable end in itself and as a long-term means to promoting more cohesive, considerate and creative societies with equal opportunities and rights for all. (For more information, see http://www.bernardvanleer.org)
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Communications Officer, IPA
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