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No Plans? No Problem!

Photo: During one plan-less weekend this past fall, my boys collected leaves from all over the neighborhood and made a huge leaf pile on the street. I've never seen them work so hard and so passiona…

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Should Adults Play Like Kids?

Kids' lives are fun. They play. Adults' lives are serious. We work. We have responsibilities. Many psychologists and psychiatrists question this widely-held dichotomy. They think that kids s…

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Do You Suffer From Nature Deficit Disorder?

What if we spent as much time immersed in nature as we do in technology? That's the question Richard Louv sought to answer when writing his latest book, The Nature Principle. Our society, says Louv…

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You’re Grown, Go Play

I don't know how else to say this. You've got to go play. No, I'm not talking about the sweet little boy in the cartoon underpants. He's already got this thing under control. The question is, will …

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Winter Fun Alfresco

It’s the heart of winter! Are you thinking right about now that winter has no heart? Not everyone loves the cool, crisp air and fresh snow. After being plummeted by snow for more than a month here in …

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Rats Laugh and Turtles Play

Neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp from Washington State University has studied the high-pitched vocalizations of rats and found they have their own form of laughter. Called ultrasonic vocalizations, th…

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Dog Plays Fetch by Himself (video)

We’ve posted a couple of videos on what a dog and a cockatoo will do when his owner goes away. This video features a little dachshund named Jerry who has his own answer. His "dad" built a tennis ba…

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Fort Defiance: Building a Better Winter Attitude

It is no secret among those who know me well, or are at least within spitting distance of my frequent complaints--I am not a big fan of winter. I wasn't raised with winter (other than as a remote conc…

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Kids on Junk: Revisiting the Adventure Playground

The other day I was momentarily teased by a bout of spring weather. I took the day off, gathered up my toddler son, and took him to a nice little playground (Heckscher) in a corner of Central Park (in…

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Easy Rain Boats from Natural Materials

In our home, one is not allowed to talk nasty to the rain. In fact, I wield our rain stick with such vigor that my poor children are practically forced to race outside in hysterical glee the moment a …

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Happy to see a nurturing male! He does seem to love his pets.

I have 6 little fur balls at the moment and try to keep an eye on each of their behaviors. I spend…

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