Thursday, February 14, 2013

KaBOOM! It Starts With a Playground

Unstructured play is one of the best parts of my kids' day. And playing outside is at the top of the list. My kids love playing with the dogs, climbing trees, exploring nature, and riding their bikes. We have one playground in town where they love to spend their time during the spring and summer months.

But many children don't have that luxury. Many parents struggle to find safe playgrounds for their children to play in.

Which is a terribly shame, really, because as I've written before, kids who play outside reap the benefits. They get healthy exercise, stronger immune systems, and are more compassionate and concerned about environmental issues. They even do better in school.
Which is why I choose to support KaBOOM! They are one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the U. S. dedicated to saving play for children. According to their website, their mission is "to create great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities. Ultimately, we envision a place to play within walking distance of every child in America."

And this month, to emphasize the importance of an outdoor playspace, they are asking parents to send in photos of the playgrounds they love for a chance to win great outdoor toys. All you have to do is share a picture on their FB page of your favorite playground, and you'll be entered to win a set of two Buddy Bounce Balls or a copy of of the book Go Out and Play!: Favorite Outdoor Games from KaBOOM!.

The deadline is less than week away! Get your photos in by February 19th.

And if you've never visited the KaBOOM! website, now's your chance. It is so inspiring!

Does your community have a fun and safe playground for your children?