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Everything I Know About Play I Learned from My Cat
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Everything I Know About Play I Learned from My Cat

It’s no coincidence that cats and mice take the scalpel most when people (for instance, Panksepp 1998, 2001, 2007) research play and play deprivation, giving new meaning to the phrase “playing cat-and-mouse” (whomp-whomp). Cats, like humans, maintain some level of playfulness into adulthood. And perhaps the reason they dominate the internet is this: they are … Continue reading

Keep Calm and Avoid Biscuits
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Keep Calm and Avoid Biscuits

One of the biggest take-aways from playworker Marc Armitage’s March talk at the Providence Children’s Museum– part of his “Keep Calm and Play On” tour– concerned Vygotsky, the Russian theorist who died in 1931.  Armitage said that Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development (ZPD), what is contemporarily known as scaffolding, really focused not on “adult guidance” … Continue reading

New Happy Museum Report
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New Happy Museum Report

There has not been much research on the connections between museums, art and wellbeing– until now. The Happy Museum Project has commissioned new work from Daniel Fujiwara– the London School of Economics professor responsible for innovative work around the Life Satisfaction Valuation methodology– to explore the impact of museums on personal and community wellbeing. The … Continue reading

Cootie-Catchers & Oxygen Masks: The Grown-Up’s Right to Play
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Cootie-Catchers & Oxygen Masks: The Grown-Up’s Right to Play

Boston Children’s Museum’s Early Childhood Summit 2013: Innovation and Opportunity was a landmark convening of neuroscientists, pediatricians, educators, business professionals and policymakers. Presentations by leaders such as Harvard researcher Jack Shonkoff, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Executive Director John Barros and Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish (not to mention Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick) urged the formation of … Continue reading

The Scared is Scared
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The Scared is Scared

Young director Bianca Giaever finished the Scared is Scared a few weeks before she graduated from Middlebury College. The film’s direction and main narrative comes from a conversation Bianca had with a six-year-old named Asa Baker-Rouse, who walked Bianca through a storyline ostensibly “about” a mouse and a bear. Bianca took that conversation, meshed it with her own … Continue reading