Thursday, December 1, 2016

Enjoying The Fall Season Outdoors! #YearRoundPlay

Everyone has a season.  For some, their season is summer; with its bright sunshine and long, lazy evening barbecues.  Some people prefer the snow sports of winter, and for spring people, the darling buds of May are just the ticket.  But I love the fall.  I love the seemingly abrupt crispness in the air, and nature’s full palette on vivid display.  And while some choose to stay inside by the fire, my family finds autumn’s moderate temperatures a perfect excuse to get outside.  From raking leaves if only to jump into them to bike rides to our favorite parks so we can claim the good swings in the absence of the crowds of summer.   However, while our family puts down the devices to go out and play, many do not.  That is exactly why IPEMA started the Voice of Play initiative.

Enjoying The Fall Season Outdoors! #YearRoundPlay

I have effused many times before about IPEMA (The International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association) and how they want to promote activities and ideas that get kids – and parents – outside. Well now, I'm here to talk about their Voice of Play initiative which goes a step further by promoting growth in the quality and quantity of children’s free play and the use of playgrounds. By providing information and resources, the Voice of Play’s goal is to increase education and awareness about the many benefits of children’s play, including the development of critical physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills.

Enjoying The Fall Season Outdoors! #YearRoundPlay

One of the greatest memories in my own life happened on a crisp day at a park.  That was the day that –with me in front of her - our little Elizabeth saw another child jump from the apex of a swing in a squeal of glee, and without thinking about it, did the same thing, knowing and trusting with all of her heart that I would always be there to catch her.  Luckily, I did. That is a bond forged in love that lasts forever.  Outdoor play doesn’t just benefit children; it keeps us all sharp.  Play enriches our lives and strengthens body and mind, even for grandmas.  So, while play in the cooler months requires a little more preparation and a thicker jacket, with the right attitude, so much fun can be had, and so many memories can be made.

Enjoying The Fall Season Outdoors! #YearRoundPlay

I strongly encourage you to read more about Voice of Play and learn how your family can benefit from spending more time playing outdoors. To learn more, you can visit the Voice of Play website. Stay current on fun new activities by following them on Facebook and Twitter!


Enjoying The Fall Season Outdoors! #YearRoundPlay

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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