When my son was younger, it wasn’t possible to walk past a playground (indoors and out) without stopping for at least a few minutes. Heck, we couldn’t even go to the zoo without having some playground time and good chunks of our day at the state fair was devoted to the playground.
But not every child has a playground at every corner. That is where KaBOOM! is stepping in.
KaBOOM! is a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children. Through participation and leadership of communities, KaBOOM! is setting out to create playspaces within walking distance of every child in America.
According to KaBOOM!’s website, they exist to solve the problem of the Play Deficit. ”Our children are playing less than any previous generation, and this lack of play is causing them profound physical, intellectual, social, and emotional harm…Recess is being eliminated from our nation’s schools. Kids are overscheduled, and in their free time, many choose to stay indoors, lulled by television, computers and video games.” [source]
Adding safe playspaces will help combat:
- Childhood obesity
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity, anxiety disorders and depression
- Violence and other behavioral problems
- Stunted social, cognitive, and creative development
This month, KaBOOM! is asking parents to send in photos of the playgrounds they love for a chance to win great outdoor toys.
I wrote this post as part of The Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.
Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.