Worldwide Day of Play


Saturday, September 26th is the Wordlwide Day of Play. Of course, around these parts, EVERY DAY is a day of play. It’s also National Public Lands Day — a day when you can give back to the parks, trails, and public lands that enrich your life.

There are thousands of events at schools, parks, and recreation centers going on around the country. Find out what’s going on near you and take a day to connect with your community.

How will you celebrate? What can you do to honor the role play plays in enriching your life and the lives of the children in your world? Let me know — I would love to hear about it!

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

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A Very Good Week for Play!


I am interrupting our regularly scheduled Frolic Friday post to reflect on what a good week it has been for play. Of course, this does not excuse you from getting outside and playing this long holiday weekend! But with all of the trips to the beach and cookouts planned as part of the holiday tradition, I figured you all are covered.

As an advocate, it’s exciting to see the issue you care about start popping up in mainstream news sources. While this has been happening with play here and there, this week, there seemed to be a flurry of pieces popping up. As children are starting back to school, I am encouraged to see the need for play making headlines.

Talking Play…

That should be plenty to keep you busy! To learn more about some of the research behind play, check out the resource list at the end of this post.

Have a safe, fun-filled holiday weekend, folks! Get outside and play. It’s really good for you — or haven’t your heard?! ;-)

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

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Buzzing About Bees

Jardin des Plantes bee2

TGSG Note:  As you probably know by now, I don’t just believe in playing outdoors, but also in being a good steward of the environment. I am so happy to share this post today and be part of #Tweehive, an international Twitter event to raise awareness about the plight of bees. And besides — bees are really incredible creatures! They get short-changed in the shadow of “sexier” critters like wolves and bald eagles. I say, viva bees! Frolic Friday will return next week (but don’t forget to go outside and play this weekend!) See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru

When’s the last time you gave bees a thought? That’s right: BEES. Unless you are a gardener or entomologist, you probably don’t think much about them at all. Sure, we LOVE flowers — getting them for birthdays or Valentine’s Day. We like to have pots of flowers on our porches and see fields full of them when we drive down the highway. Or, how about honey? We love it in our tea or spread on toast, but how often do we think about all the work that went into making it?

Um, without bees –  no flowers or honey. It’s pretty simple math, really.

Or how about food? Do you like eating? A fan of food? Scientists estimate that every 3rd bite of food we eat comes to use via animal pollination — or roughly 80% of crops (Source: Pollinator Partnership). Amazing, isn’t it?! So you see, bees play a big part of our daily rituals and happiness, not to mention feeding us, whether we think about it or not.

Bees, as it turns out, are vitally important to life. So, let’s get excited about helping them out! Like other pollinators, they are in peril, and we need to step up to the plate to protect them.

Here’s a few things you can do:

And remember, next time someone tells you you’re the bees knees, take it as the highest form of compliment! I know I will.

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