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November 20th is National Child Day!

National Child Day is celebrated on November 20th each year. It marks Canada’s adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect. This includes the opportunity for to have a voice, to be protected from harm and to have their basic needs met to give them every opportunity to reach their full potential.

Information and resources to help you celebrate can be found at the Canadian government site:

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncd-jne/index-eng.php

Additional information and resources can be found at the Unicef and the Canadian Children’s Rights Council site:

http://canadiancrc.com/Canadas_national_Child_Day.aspx

http://www.unicef.ca/en/our-work/article/celebrate-national-child-day

National Child Day – November 20, 2016

National Child Day

Fully Accessible Playground

Time Lapse Video Of Playground Installation At Thrilled School

Sir Charles Tupper Elementary School in Halifax, NS, recently opened their new inclusive playground. To thank everyone who helped make the playground a reality, teacher Erica Phillips posted a great time lapse video of the installation and the opening. Check out the video on YouTube.

Located in the south end of Halifax, this fully accessible playground is the result of school fund raising, generous donations from community members, a provincial grant and the partnership of HRM (Halifax Regional Municipality). Enjoy watching the results of all these efforts in the video, and seeing the children play!

For information on the equipment at Sir Charles Tupper Elementary School, contact your local PlayPower Representative.

Nova Scotia Playground

 

 

Fun family games for the playground

Biba! Enabled Playgrounds Presented At First WLU [GAMEtalk]

Wilfred Laurier University’s Game Design and Development degree program launched it’s first [GAMEtalk] Lecture Series with a presentation from the General Manager of PlayPower Canada, Brian Jenkins. The focus was on Biba! the series of free digital games that work in conjunction with playgrounds to get kids the active, physical and imaginative play they need.

Free games to encourage healthy outdoor play

The WLU website says “Gamification and gameful design techniques motivate people to get engaged with the real world by adding a game-based layer” and Biba!

The Biba Welcome Sign and Play Symbols are available for purchase through your local PlayPower Canada representative, and the games are available for FREE at the App Store or Google Play.

Download them today!

Gamify your playground!

Thanks to the WLU Brantford Game Design and Development program for hosting the lecture series.