After a rain-soaked winter and spring, we are all getting outside and finding our summer friends again. And like my sisters and me, our children (definitely including my 7-year-old only kid) need a little social engineering to help make the dream of an old-school “playborhood” happen.
Creating a “playborhood” is just one of the seriously fun topics we cover in this issue devoted to all aspects of kids’ play. You’ll find out why a play-based curriculum helps the littlest kids learn about perspective, emotional regulation and cooperation. You’ll get excited about the slow rise of European-style adventure playgrounds in the Northwest. And you’ll explore why a little screen time is a good thing and find out what type of video games leverage the power of play most fully.