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Outdoor Play and Recess21st CCLC

ARTICLES

After-school Sports and Fitness: A Research Brief
This brief shares some of the promising practices in promoting sports and fitness in after school programs. 

Children's Contact with the Outdoors and Nature: A Focus on Educators and Educational Settings
This section reviews research focused on the physical, mental and social benefits that contact with the outdoors and nature provides to children. 

Health Benefits to Children From Contact with the Outdoors & Nature
These articles summarize literature related to outdoor and nature contact and children's health and well-being. 

NJSACC Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State Activities and Resource Guide
This guide includes activities related to nature, animals, trees and leaves, outdoor play adventures, gardening, weather exploration, art, and being green in addition to fun facts. 

WEBSITES

Fitness Fun Forever
This website includes teaching tips and activities to promote physical activities with students. 
http://uwf.edu/sryan/resources/contents.htm

Kids Gardening
This website provides ideas and resources for teachers and parents to promote gardening with children. 
http://www.kidsgardening.com/

National Kite Month
This website provides information on building and flying kites. 
http://www.nationalkitemonth.org/plans/

Peaceful Playgrounds
This website offers resources and information regarding playgrounds, including supervisor training, supervision, examples of rules, benefits of recess before lunch and 60 alternatives to withholding recess. 
http://www.peacefulplaygrounds.com/