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The Business of Play

Michael Feigelson | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Michael Feigelson

Today, the day before the World Economic Forum conference in Lima, a group of Peruvian kids and their adult allies will make a case for why a childhood free from violence and filled with playful learning is the key to the kind of innovation that can drive economic prosperity in this century.

Jake Silbermann's Culture Mixtape

NYC-ARTS | Posted 06.14.2013 | Arts
NYC-ARTS

NYC-ARTS gave Jake Silbermann free editorial rein to curate his own list of the best cultural events and art in New York City, the actor's hometown....

Occupy Childhood, or How I Learned to Love the Moment

Whit Honea | Posted 06.12.2013 | Parents
Whit Honea

My sons take their seats, the motor kicks on and the swings start turning to the right in a soft, careful circle. It is their spotlight. It is as wide as a slow dance and twice as wild. Their hearts beat accordingly. They pass me by again and again. The only thing that changes is the calendar.

Playing with Purpose

Janet Stanford | Posted 06.11.2013 | Parents
Janet Stanford

What will no doubt ensure our children's success, and what is provided in early education, is greater access to creative learning through the opportunity for more imaginative play.

Dr. Toy Talks About the Basics of Play ©

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 06.02.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Play is an on-going, natural process for children. Like little sponges, children begin observing and absorbing from infancy. They learn by using all t...

Dr. Toy Talks about Best Toys for Older Children

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Parents want to know more about play for children between age 9 and 12. During this period of development, children experience rapid social maturation and physical growth. They are in transition.

Learners Are People, Not Isolated Test-Taking Brains: Why MOOCs Both Work and Fail

Susan D. Blum | Posted 05.16.2013 | College
Susan D. Blum

MOOCs are good at certain things and terrible at others, and we need to understand the difference if we wish to educate human beings, not just workers with credentials.

Bite Your Tongue at Theater for the New City

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.13.2013 | New York
Lauren Cahn

What if one day, for no explicable reason, every single one of these people - people like you and me and everyone we know - suddenly broke that long-standing contract we've made with society to keep our thoughts to ourselves?

The Best Toys for Children in Primary Grades

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 05.13.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Children enrolled in the primary grades are actively involved in friendships, interested in learning, happily engaged in outdoor play, rapidly gaining skills, and expanding a wide variety of interests.

Chicago Play Features Real Stories Of Youth Violence

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.11.2013 | Chicago
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Photo Credit: Steppenwolf Theater (Left to right: Pastor Brooks (Mark Smith) comforts a grieving mother (Celeste Williams) and her son (Charles Gardn...

PHOTOS: 'Play' Around The World

Global Yodel | Posted 05.11.2013 | Travel
Global Yodel

We asked people from around the world to show us what their community defines as "play." No athletes allowed.

There Are Thousands of Lives In One Single Life

Nancy Farese | Posted 05.08.2013 | Good News
Nancy Farese

Every culture plays, and understands play as a tool for healthy social and emotional development, for relaxation, learning and peace. Play is a way of trying out certain behaviors both physical and emotional, and of building strong and cohesive community values.

Dr. Toy Talks About the Right Toys for Toddlers

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 04.24.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Toddlers actively explore their world and want to touch, smell and taste everything. Watch carefully and "child proof" your home and the child's plays...

Food Play And Brain Development

Bill & Claire Wurtzel | Posted 04.21.2013 | Parents
Bill & Claire Wurtzel

Play is essential in the development of children's brains. It helps promote cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth. Imaginative food play is fun and teaches children about good nutrition, but it is much more.

Five Athletes Who Performed on Broadway

Danny Groner | Posted 04.05.2013 | Sports
Danny Groner

On Broadway, much like in the big game, you only get one shot at the glory. Here's a look at five athletes who have gone for it on The Great White Way and lived to tell the tale.

Jay Mewes Reveals Details on Jay and Silent Bob Animated Movie (VIDEO)

Shira Lazar | Posted 03.26.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

In Noobz, Mewes plays the manager of a video game store who's training for a potentially life-changing Gears of War tournament with his fellow gamers.

Not by Bread Alone: Play Dough Craftsmanship

Danny Groner | Posted 03.25.2013 | New York
Danny Groner

Not by Bread Alone calls on its 11 deaf and blind actors to demonstrate what they can do in the kitchen, where they bake loaves of bread, on an open stage full of imagination and ambition, and beyond.

Dr. Toy on Toys as Tools for Learning

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 03.05.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

We should be concerned about the demise of recess, the extent of serious health issues of young children and the failure of schools to produce well-balanced children who are able to read, write, compute, communicate and also play and interact successfully.

Children Need Recess -- and Schools Need Help

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Lots of times, when I ask my patients what they think is the best part of school, they say, "recess." They may be on to something.

The 4 Words Parents Should Remember This Year

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 03.02.2013 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

When we were children, the biggest gift our parents could give us was their attention. Nowadays, with everyone on their phone/iPod/iPad, there is less of an opportunity for kids to interact with us. In 2013, we can resolve to spend more time with our kids and we can even initiate it!

Rx for Adult Play Year Round

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Stevanne Auerbach

Whatever you select to play with, make it a great opportunity to learn something new, be more creative, and take ample time to relax, and experience more joyful play times.

Princess Butterfly Sparkle Pants: What Toys Are Telling You About the Girl on Your Holiday List

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 02.13.2013 | Parents
Sheila Moeschen

Maybe the LEGO princess is also a firefighter who plays in a rock band when she's not putting out fires and sailing around on her pirate ship.

The Importance of Play

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 02.06.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

While a good play environment and the right types of toys are important, the participatory role of parents is crucial.

A Gift That Lasts a Lifetime

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Stevanne Auerbach

You can join a special holiday gift giving campaign (in cooperation with Save the Children) and purchase a One World Futbol.

Dr. Toy's Rx for Playful Spontaneity

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 01.28.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Having fun as a parent does not have to cost you anything. You don't need anything but your creative imagination.