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Learning to Play

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 7:00 am
by TerryS
In Richmond, kids getting lesson in play
By Jill Tucker
San Francisco Chronicle

The sound of laughing children playing tag or hide-and-seek isn't often heard on the
streets of Richmond's notorious Iron Triangle. Gunshots are too common, producing an
unexpected casualty: Some kids have forgotten how to play.

Read more: ... esson-play

"For more information about play, go to:"
Alliance for Childhood:
National Institute for Play:
Association for the Study of Play:
International Play Association:

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:28 pm
by jlotus
I don't know if it's because it's a grim Chicago February, but that story broke my heart. I'm sorry to think that kids are trapped inside watching videos all day.

I'm also sorry that a school has to pay $23,500 for someone to teach kids how to jump rope and play four square.

I think adults are more easily annoyed by normal exuberant kid behavior because children CAN be drugged with videos. Some teachers think kids on the playground are possessed.

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:14 am
by lpowers
A moderately interesting book on the subject: "Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder," by Richard Louv.

Lester, in Riverside, CA

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:50 pm
by jlotus
I've got the Louv book, and I wanted to love it, but it's written in so many anecdotes that are not really relevant that I think he doesn't make his case.

People I know who work for the local Park District and the National Forest Service love the book, tho, because screen-devices are stealing away so many campers and hikers that park participation dropping steeply.

The new campaign is called "No child Left Inside."

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:37 pm
by lpowers
Reminds me of a bizarre incident a few years back. (Stop me if I've told this here before -- it's a fave story of mine.) The scene: A little neighborhood minipark. I'm sitting there on a park bench practicing doing nothing -- a very important art form that has alas been lost in this beloved nation. So. Here comes a family: mom, dad, two kids with bags full of stuff. They arrive, unpack, and proceed to erect a large tent. Aha! I guess they're going to the mountains and want to practice setting up the tent in advance. The tent goes up, and then there is much discussion, much of it loud and excited. I overhear, and I learn their plans. Yep, they're going up to the mountains all right. BUT, the reason they're practicing with the tent is to figure out where to put the TV in it. In fact, from what I can hear, their *ONLY* plans for their mountain trip is to watch TV in the tent. That's it. Nothing else. Just the TV.


Last Child in the Woods

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2008 6:10 pm
by TerryS
I haven't read that book "Last Child in the Woods: Saving
Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder", but it
does seem to have struck chord with a lot of people.
They even did a study, looking at nature as a treatment
for ADD/ADHD and found it was helpful (of course there
aren't too many TV's out in the forest, so that could
have been a factor too).

And I definitely agree with Jean, it is really,
really sad that so many kids hardly ever play games