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The Benefits of Free Play Backed by Science

<a href="/articles/the-benefits-of-free-play-backed-by-science">The Benefits of Free Play Backed by Science</a>

A study of primary school children during school break periods has found that not only is the break period a good opportunity to enhance children’s physical activity, but lunchtime activities need not be costly. Providing simple and cheap items such as buckets and tyre tubes during school break periods was found to significantly increase children’s enjoyment of, and participation in, physical activity – more so than using traditional fixed playground equipment. Read full article

Take a Seat - Make a Friend - Try this in a School?

<a href="/articles/take-a-seat-make-a-friend-try-this-in-a-school">Take a Seat - Make a Friend - Try this in a School?</a>

A beautiful video from Soul Pancake called "Take a Seat - Make a Friend". We think this would be a brilliant exercise for a Primary or Elementary school to help children get to know each other, make friends, and appreciate diversity. This is great. Take 5 minutes and enjoy this. Read full article

School's Play with No Contact Policy Upsets Students and Parents

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/06/15/schools-play-with-no-contact-policy-upsets-students-and-parents">School&#039;s Play with No Contact Policy Upsets Students and Parents</a>

A primary school principal in Victoria, Australia has told children to "play with no contact"; the Principal explained that this direction came "directly from a safety perspective". In setting the background to this rule, Principal Ms Beckworth said the school had "a broken collarbone, broken wrist and concussion" . Children were so upset with this ban that Year 6 students are reported to have protested with some kind of 'sit in' on the oval at lunch time. It is reported that the school put a stop to the protest and that the students were called into the school hall to be spoken to about that behaviour. Parents are also reported to be upset by the ban and because the school did not consult the parent community first. Read full article

Best Australian Playgrounds - Lake Macquarie Variety Playground

<a href="/articles/best-australian-playgrounds-lake-macquarie-variety-playground">Best Australian Playgrounds - Lake Macquarie Variety Playground</a>

My kids assure me that the brand new Lake Macquarie Variety Playground at Speers Point (near Newcastle) is the "best ever, Mama!" The playground was commissioned by Lake Macquarie City Council to be one that could be enjoyed by children of all ages and abilities, to be inclusive and to be exciting enough to encourage children to enjoy and explore outdoors. This is the first playground I’ve been to where children can play with an Archimedean Screw Read full article

Best Australian Playgrounds - Clifton Gardens Reserve Playground, NSW

<a href="/articles/best-australian-playgrounds-clifton-gardens-reserve-playground-nsw">Best Australian Playgrounds - Clifton Gardens Reserve Playground, NSW</a>

Clifton Gardens Reserve is a pleasure ground for families, with heaps to do for young and old, and that's the adults as well as the children! The very large and very groovy playground at the eastern end of the Reserve is the icing on the cake ... a kiosk/cafe nearby and truly fabulous Harbour views. Read full article

Best Australian Playgrounds - Foxfield Reserve, Athelstone SA

<a href="/articles/best-australian-playgrounds-foxfield-reserve-athelstone-sa">Best Australian Playgrounds - Foxfield Reserve, Athelstone SA</a>

Situated amongst mature gums with plenty of shade, Foxfield Reserve is a beautiful spot for a children’s playground.The Reserve is at the base of Blackhill and its conservation park - it is a combined area which provides a tennis court, an oval, a creek, a scout hall, toilets, walking trails as well as a gorgeous adventure playground. Read full article

Best Australian Playgrounds - Danks Street and Plum Garland Memorial Park

<a href="/articles/best-australian-playgrounds-danks-street-and-plum-garland-memorial-park">Best Australian Playgrounds - Danks Street and Plum Garland Memorial Park</a>

This is a fantastic outing with the kids on a sunny day. Start out on Victoria Avenue picking up supplies at the IGA or grabbing a coffee from one of the cafes near Danks Street. Then head to the Danks St/Victoria Avenue playground where you can relax or catch up with friends whilst the kids explore the toddler-friendly playspaces and equipment including a birds nest swing ... Read full article