The Voice of Play is an education and advocacy initiative of the non-profit membership association, IPEMA, formed to educate and promote the benefits of children’s free outdoor play and playgrounds.
Through the Voice of Play website and social media properties, IPEMA highlights the scientifically proven physical, social, emotional and cognitive benefits of play.
As a family, we believe in the importance of outdoor play all year round, like in the picture above where we are at the local apple orchard picking and eating delicious apples for holiday pies. We especially encourage play during the busy Holiday season to relieve stress, get outdoors in the fresh air and just have fun playing in the fallen leaves, playing hide and seek, walking to the local park collecting fall leaves on the way and playing on the playground equipment. Our girls love for me to shout out an obstacle course for them to follow on the playground equipment during the colder days, they keep busy and active and have a lot of fun getting to the finish line. We take our found leaves home and talk about what kind of tree they fell from and turn them into crafts. Even though it has been cold and snowing, we find this is the perfect time to get bundled up and get outside to make snow angels in the newly fallen snow. We shovel the walk way and driveway and with our piles of snow we make snow men! It is a great way for families to spend time outdoors together, no matter what the season!