For our 10th Anniversary we have something special up our sleeve…PUN INTENDED!
HURRY! We have a VERY LIMITED TIME t-shirt campaign for our 10th Anniversary!
There are 5 color options on unisex short sleeve, long sleeve or youth short sleeve options.
Order online before the campaign ends at 11:59pm EST April 7!!
For our 10th Anniversary we have a few special things up our sleeve…PUN INTENDED!
HURRY! We have a VERY LIMITED TIME t-shirt campaign for our 10th Anniversary Conference!
There are 5 color options on unisex short sleeve, long sleeve or youth short sleeve options.
Order before the campaign ends at 11:59pm EST March 12! (we will do another campaign soon)
*IF YOU ARE ATTENDING THE PLAY CONFERENCE, EMAIL STEPHANIE AT SPGARST@CLEMSON.EDU TO BE PART OF A BULK ORDER AND AVOID SHIPPING COST!!!
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!!!
Our 10th anniversary swag just got FANCY!!!
Made locally in Clemson, South Carolina. These very popular cuff bracelets are available in three colors – silver, gold and rose gold. Support the US Play Coalition and PLAY by purchasing a PLAYful bracelet!
Order now through March 20 and choose “pickup” to avoid shipping and pickup at the Play Conference! Otherwise it is just $3.50 to ship in the US. (only available in the US at this time.)
They make great gifts, so order as many as you want!
Order yours before time runs out…!!!!
The full detailed schedule is coming soon with even more session titles…but until then, below is an alphabetical list of the Educational Sessions and Research Symposium that have been confirmed for the 10th Anniversary Conference on the Value of Play: The Many Faces of Play.
Check back often because we will update the list as our presenters continue to confirm their sessions.
Be sure to REGISTER TODAY because the early bird deadline for this PLAYful conference is February 15.
|Addressing Child Mental Health Through Child Centered Play Therapy (CCPT)|
|Approaches for Evaluating the Design of Natural Playspaces To Support Children’s Outdoor Play|
|Blank Slate: Design for Learning, Exploration and Physical Growth|
|Bringing A Change to The Recess Culture to Support Well-Being|
|Bringing Play to The World of Education!|
|The Bugket List: Exploring for Tiny Creatures Provides Gargantuan Benefits|
|Building Trust, Hope, And Healing Through Play: A Community Pop-Up School|
|“But, I Have Nothing to Do in The Park!” – Thinking About Places for Teens|
|Camping, Hiking, Playing: Lifelong Learning Today|
|Children Learning the Value of Play for Life|
|College Students Play Too!: Inclusive Campus Recreation at Clemson University|
|Creating Future Innovators Through Creative Play and STEM Learning|
|Developing Minds and Bodies Through Loose Parts Play|
|Educational Play: How Modern Technology Can Facilitate Learning While Playing Outdoors.|
|The Effects of Unstructured Play on Listening Effort in Elementary Schools|
|Elevating Lifelong Play to Create Healthy Communities|
|Engaging Students in Mathematics Play: Making Fractions Fun|
|Establishing Adaptive Sports Programs for Youth with Moderate to Severe Disabilities|
|Examining Kindergarten Readiness Skills Using A Play-Based, Nature-Focused Preschool Curriculum|
|A Field-Testing Study on Outdoor Play Environments: Findings and Lessons Learned|
|Forest Schools: The Value of Play, Autonomy, And Creativity|
|Free for All Baltimore: Playing After School in A Segregated City|
|From Exhausting to Energizing: Creating an Environment Where Youth Thrive|
|From Unequal Playing Field to Play Ambassadors|
|Get Ready, Get Set, Go Noodle!|
|Globally Connecting as We Play Mystery Skype|
|Guerrilla Playfare: Lessons Learned from Parkour & Streetsport For Designing More Play-Friendly Cities|
|How to Make Your Community Playful|
|I’m Tired of Saying “No”: Creating Invitations for Boisterous and Adventurous Play in The Classroom|
|Impact of Decline in Play on Children and Youth in India: An Awareness Campaign|
|The Impact of Play on Overweight/Obese Children in Elementary Schools|
|Incorporate Play into Your Workplace|
|International Play Ambassador Perspectives|
|Introducing Innovative Technology to Children’s Play to Encourage Self-Expression|
|Learning Through Doing: The Benefits to Learning Through Planning for Inclusive Play|
|Let’s Make A Mess!: The Intersectionality of Sensory Play and Early Literacy|
|Lifetime Friendships Formed Through Play|
|Loose Parts Play Builds Tight Communities|
|Making Play Equitable & Inclusive|
|Move. Think. Learn: A Playful Approach to Learning in Grades K-8|
|Moving ~ From Start to Finish! Healing Effects of Play on Families & Caregivers Affected by Trauma|
|Music in The Museum: An Accessible, Inclusive, And Interactive Collaboration|
|Naturalized Outdoor Learning Environments in Childcare Facilities: A Review of Policies In 3 States|
|Nourishing Imagination and Protecting Pretend Play|
|Perceptions of Capacities: The Value of Play, Autonomy, And Creativity in Forest Schools|
|Play Across Generations: A Literature Review of Intergenerational Learning Experiences|
|Play by The River – Bringing Natural, All-Ages Play to A New River Garden by The Mississippi|
|Play Facilitation for Adults|
|Play Is Survival: Time for Time Outs|
|Play Your Way to Optimal Well-Being|
|Play: It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore!|
|Playful Productivity: Strategies to Unleash Your Professional Child|
|Playing from Scratch – Not Just for Kids|
|Playing to Learn Is for Grown-Ups, Too! A Summer Graduate Course on Play at A PDS Summer Camp.|
|Playing with I Bambini: Reflections from A Study Abroad Experience in Reggio Emilia, Italy|
|Playtime Politics: The Growing Mismatch Between Biology and Culture|
|Ramshackle Play – Resilient, Reliable, Ready|
|Reframing the Playground: European Play Precedents at Tulsa’s Gathering Place|
|The Role of a Playground Consultant|
|Rotary Playgarden: An Inclusive Play Success Story|
|Scholarly Snapshots: The Importance of The Child’s Right to Play|
|The Secret to Work/Life Balance=PLAY|
|Sensory Inclusive Play: Partnering with Kultcurecity To Become Sensory Inclusive Certified|
|The 7 Elements of Play on Playground|
|Small Scientists Society: Encouraging Play-Based STEM Explorations in Informal and Formal Settings|
|Socio-Environmental Barriers to Outdoor Play and Their Impact on Child Health Outcomes|
|Supported PLAY to Maximize FLOW In K-8 Classrooms|
|Tailoring Play into The Everyday: Playing Throughout Zoos, Museums, Aquariums and Nature Centers|
|Taking the Idea of An Inclusive Playground Past the Label to True Universal Design|
|Talk and Play: Using Play to Build Language Skills in Young Children|
|Teaching Play as A Learning Medium in Teacher Education Program|
|Temple University Students Design an Eco-Schoolyard for Play and Learning at Greenberg Elementary|
|The Emergence of Foreign Language in A Play-Based Kindergarten: A Spanish FLES Program|
|Tin Foil, Tape, And Play-Doh OH MY!|
|Traffic Gardens and Dramatic/Challenging Play: Engagement as A Means of Facilitating Risk Competence|
|What’s Wrong with Playing Games?|
|When I Grow Up…Learning Responsible Citizenship Through Play!|
|When to Play and When to Get Out of The Way|
|Why Play Matters: The State of Recess in North America|
|Y’all, Yous, and You Guys: Considering the Language of Play|
…and MANY, MANY MORE!! You don’t want to miss this exciting professional development opportunity! Join us at the 10th Anniversary Conference on the Value of Play: The Many Faces of Play, March 31 – April 3 at Clemson University.
The full detailed schedule is coming soon with dozens more session titles…but until then, below is an alphabetical list of the Research Symposium and Educational Sessions that have been confirmed for the 2018 Conference on the Value of Play: The Many Faces of Play. Check back often because we will update the list as our presenters continue to confirm their sessions.
Be sure to REGISTER TODAY because the early bird deadline for this PLAYful conference is February 28.
- A Critical Approach to Play and Recreation Evaluation: Telling More of the Story
- Adaptive Sports Development: Building a 7-a-side Paralympic Soccer Club Program
- An Analysis of School Playgrounds and Parks using Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
- An Exploration of Infant and Toddler Outdoor Play
- A Walk on the Wild Side: Connecting Play and Zoo Walkways
- Activating an Urban Neighborhood for Outdoor Play: Strategies for Replication
- Applying Play Research and Theory to School, Community, and Family Settings in Trinidad & Tobago
- Assessing Availability and Quality of Play Spaces for Cities within the East Africa Community
- Beyond Cardboard and Sticks: The Role of Toys in Facilitating Play
- Biophilic Approach to Children’s Nature-based Outdoor Designed Environments
- Building a #All-In Classroom Culture: Real-World Challenges In a Game-Based Atmosphere
- Celebrating a University Collaborative Community of Play
- Children’s PlayDays – Play Provision in a Time of Extreme Crisis
- Combining Modern Technology with Outdoor Play
- Community-Based Strategies for Building and Activating Inclusive Playgrounds
- Community Health Lessons From Volunteer Implementation of Natural Play Spaces
- Creating a Playful Event for Children with Special Needs
- Creating Specialized Outdoor Play Training To Empower Children’s Experiences
- Diabetes Day Camp: Playing To Learn, Heal and Connect
- Discover, Play, Share: Using Play To Build Early Literacy And STEM Skills In Preschoolers
- Discover the Secret Language of Play
- Exploring a Multi-Sector Approach To Play
- Four Elements of Play As Described By Ugandan Women
- Get Playful With Dance
- How Better Play Makes Better Schools
- How I Learned To Be an Adult; Lessons Learned On the Recess Playground
- How to Open a Toy Library
- How to Survive and Thrive As a Purely Play-Based Program: The Sunflower Creative Arts Story
- Idea Factory: STEM through Play
- Inclusive Design for the Aquatic Splash Pad
- Improv Parenting: Using Improv to Parent Playfully and Mindfully
- Is It Play? Is It Learning? A Cross-Cultural Study of Children’s And Parents’ Views
- “It’s Gonna Hurt”: Roughhousing and Risk in Play
- Learning to Build
- Leisure Activities among Urban Older Adults in China: How and Where do They Play?
- Let’s Get Some GoNoodle On!
- Making Classroom Magic with Mystery Skype
- More Fences, More Freedom? Exploring How the Design of Public Play Areas Affects Supervision
- Municipal Government and Play, It Can Be Done!
- Natural Harmony: An Instrumental Guide to Blending Music & Community
- Naturestart: Professional Development For Informal and Early Childhood Educators in Blended Classrooms
- Night at the Brewseum: Adults at Play!
- Opportunities and Barriers of Play at Pediatric Gardens: A Recent Case Study
- Play and Prevention of Bullying Behaviors
- Play Based Education through a Comprehensive School Health Framework
- Playground Literacy: Supporting Active Learning through Play
- PlayMatters – Therapeutic Value of Play for Children Impacted by Agent Orange from the Vietnam War
- Play Politics: School and Municipal Decision-Making Challenges in Canada Limiting Access to Play
- Play, Time, Behavior, and Flourishing
- Prevention, Promotion and Play: Using Interactive Activities to Promote Child Health and Wellness
- Recess Results: A Survey on Educators’ Perspectives on the Benefits of Recess
- Remember Play? How Our Personal Play Histories Springboard Support for Child-Directed Play
- Results of Grassroots Efforts to Increase Nature Play Infrastructure for Children
- Scaling Up: Building Play Networks At the Regional Level
- Sensory Play: An Integral Component of Inclusive Recreation
- The Butterfly Effect: Building On the Big Idea
- The Healing Power of Play – Restoring Childhood to Kids Impacted By Disasters
- The Real Toy Story: How to Create a Toy Library by The #1 Library in the Country
- The Role of Play in the Art Museum: A Case Study at the High Museum of Art
- The Urgent Need for Play-Based Experiential Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten
- Three Key Questions to Scaffold Playfulness
- Tips, Tools, and Tales from the Field: Fostering All-Out, Joyful Play in Adults
- Transitional Play: Exploring the Play Value of Classroom Indoor-Outdoor Relationship of Space
- Water Play and Children’s Complex Scientific Explorations
- What’s Going on with the Midwest Play Conference?: A Nature and Loose Parts Play Workshop
- YMCA Of Western Ontario; Outdoor Play Project
- Your Senses at Play! Explore Playground Designs And Programs That Support Children With Autism
- Zoos as a Nature Play Destination: Nature Playgrounds at Bronx Zoo and Houston Zoo
…and MANY, MANY MORE!! You don’t want to miss this exciting professional development opportunity! Join us at the 2018 Conference on the Value of Play: The Many Faces of Play, April 8-11 at Clemson University.
The Story of How the Midwest Play Conference Came to Be
I love my job. Not many people can say that with a straight face, but I can. After my 6th year of working as a professor at Minnesota State University – Mankato, the opportunity came to apply for my first sabbatical. When asked about my sabbatical plans a question mark seemed to loom over my head. I love teaching and working with students, but what else could I possibly do that would provide me with the same rewards that I get while being in the classroom? Then my lightbulb moment occurred.
I wanted my sabbatical project to be meaningful for my own research and academic interests, but I also wanted the project make an impact on my community. I’ve been attending the US Play Coalition Value of Play Conference every year for 5 years. I’ve had the opportunity to meet playful passionate people, learn about national and international efforts to promote play and found countless ways to improve my teaching and scholarship through professional development practices. I wanted to replicate the formula and create a regional conference in partnership with the US Play Coalition, to bring the message about the importance of play to individuals in the Midwest. Why the Midwest? Besides the fact that I live here, there are so many educators and professionals who are passionate about play but were not familiar with the US Play Coalition, particularly in this region.
So…the first ever regional US Play Coalition conference will be held June 25th in Mankato, Minnesota. The Midwest Play Conference will feature Lisa Murphy, a motivational speaker who has years of experience working in early childhood settings, who encourages teachers, parents, and community members to be messy and playful in working with children. The conference will also feature 20 presenters who will be speaking on a variety of topics like nature play, play in early childhood classrooms, ideas for bringing nature inside, and ways to support teachers and their professional development with playful methods. The Midwest Play Conference was designed to reach out to caregivers, parents, community members, and recreation, parks and leisure services professionals, but will be beneficial for anyone who values and supports play. By attending the conference, attendees will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of local and regional efforts to support play. Who knows, maybe it will be your chance to create a regional conference next!