Saving Play and Recess

Carol TorganHas a wonderful list of 300+ play resources.

The Play & Playground Encyclopedia – The Play & Playground Encyclopedia is a
wonderful resource for play and playground information. Designed to cover a broad range
of topics, this encyclopedia offers valuable information about organizations, companies, and
people who have contributed to the play and playground industries as well as listings about important issues regarding play, safety, and playground construction.

US Play CoalitionThe US PLAY Coalition: A Partnership to Promote the Value of Play
throughout Life is made up of individuals and organizations that recognize play as a valuable and necessary part of a healthy and productive life.

Alliance for Childhood  The Alliance for Childhood works intensively on a few critical
issues including the loss of creative play and hands-on activities in children’s lives, and the
excessive amounts of time spent in front of screens instead of in face-to-face engagement
with other children, caring adults, and the natural world.


National Institute for Play  The National Institute for Play is committed to bringing the unrealized knowledge, practices and benefits of play into public life.


Voice of Play Promotes the benefits of children’s play and playgrounds and provides
information and resources to help us all improve the quality and quantity of children’s play
and playgrounds. This Web site is sponsored by the International Play Equipment
Manufacturers (IPEMA).


Let’s Move— has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. Let’s Move will give parents the support they need, provide healthier food in schools, help our kids to be more physically active, and make healthy, affordable food available in every part of our country.


KaBOOM!-A non-profit whose vision is a great place to play within walking distance of
every child in America.  To meet the vision Kaboom helps to build great  playspaces
through the participation and leadership of communities.  They are also spending a great
deal of effort on saving play.



Play LondonLondon Play aims for every child in London to have quality, accessible and inclusive play opportunities. The site has great resources on different types of outdoor playspaces.



Free Play Networkaims to promote greater public understanding of the need for better play opportunities for children, by promoting discussion, exchange of information, and guidance on best practice in development of children’s play opportunities.


PLAYLINKA consulting firm located in the UK.  Has many good resources on design for


The U.S. National Physical Activity Plan–The Plan is a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population. The Plan is the product of a private-public sector collaborative.
Hundreds of organizations are working together to change our communities in ways that will enable every American to be sufficiently physically active.


Playborhood–At is building  a community of parents in the United States, if not the world, that will become more aware of this problem of the lack of free play, discuss solutions, and implement the best of those solutions. the site has a great list of books about play.


Playworks–Playworks is a national nonprofit organization that supports learning by
providing safe, healthy and inclusive play and physical activity to schools at recess and
throughout the entire school day.


Right to Play–Right To Play is the leading international humanitarian and development
organization using the transformative power of sport and play to build essential skills in
children and thereby drive social change in communities affected by war, poverty and


Head Start Body Start–At Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play (HSBS), is dedicated to promoting physical activity, outdoor play and healthy lifestyles for young children and their families. Their website is full of resources and ideas to help you bring active play and meaningful movement to your Head Start or early childhood program. Parents will also find activities and tools to inspire creative, movement-based play and healthy food choices at home.


International Play Association–IPA is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961.It provides a forum for exchange and action across disciplines and across sectors.  IPA’s purpose is to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play as a fundamental human right. ~Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Recess is Fundamental–A website where parents, educators and community members can find the resources to help keep recess in schools.


Free Range Kids–Free-Range Kids is a commonsense approach to parenting in these
overprotective times. This blog by Lenore Skenazy has achieve national acclaim.


Rethinking Childhood–This is Tim Gill’s website.  Tim is interested in the changing nature of childhood. His work – which embraces writing, independent research, consultancy and public speaking – aims to have a positive impact on children’s everyday lives.


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