Calling All Play Advocates: Enter for a chance to win a Play All May Backpack and Kit

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The National AfterSchool Association is looking for 85 Ambassador members to celebrate “Play All May”– an annual celebration spearheaded by The Genius of Play.

This contest is closed.

What is Play All May?
A month-long celebration of play championed by The Genius of Play, a non-profit initiative whose mission is to spread the word about the benefits of play and encourage families to play more. The second annual Play All May will take place in May 2020.

How Can Afterschool Professionals Participate?
Enter above to participate, choose any day in May to hold an event in celebration of Play All May and receive a turn-key Play All May Backpack and Kit! The Genius of Play asks that you provide the date and location of your event in advance so that they can notify local media (yes, free PR for your program!) Following the event, you will be asked to submit 2-3 pictures of it (the pictures will not be shared publicly by The Genius of Play and are just requested as a proof that the event has taken place).

What is in the Kit?

  • Laminated cards with six fun, easy-to-implement group activities for kids (primary focus is 6-8 years old but can be adapted for younger/older).
  • Simple “equipment” for those activities that require it (e.g. a stress ball for Hot Potato).
  • Reproducible letter to parents with facts about the benefits of play and a family activity to do at home.
  • A poster about play with six additional play-based, skill-building activities you can implement in your program.

Why Do We Need a Special Celebration of Play?
While experts continue to make a powerful argument for the importance of play in children’s lives, the actual time children spend playing continues to decrease. Crowded and overly structured schedules, competitive parenting culture, increased focus on academics and testing in schools and the growing amount of screen time are some of the key reasons behind the decline in play. Play All May brings play back in the spotlight by celebrating its critical role in child development and reminding everyone about the benefits of playtime.

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