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Time to Play! 

It is April 1st and it is time to kick-off the PhD in Parenting Carnival of Play (announced previously in this post). From April 1st to April 15th extended to April 20, the content on my blog is going to be dedicated to play. I hope this will be a fun and inspiring half month for everyone. I hope to give you an understanding of the importance of play and also share lots of fun play ideas.

See full recap of all Carnival of Play posts here!

Here is what is planned:

  • Thoughts and Ideas About Play

  • Book Reviews

  • Product Reviews

  • Research on playing

  • Fun playtime activities

  • Contest

  • ….and your posts!

On those last few items, a few more details...

Your Posts

One of the great things about a carnival is getting to share ideas and explore each other's blogs. When I announced the carnival I mentioned that I would be looking for other people to write posts about play for the carnival.

Here are the details for those that are participating:

  • Write a post on anything to do with play and its role in parenting and/or childhood

  • Post it on your blog (or if you don't have a blog e-mail it to me and I'll post it here as a guest post) between April 1st and April 14, 2009

  • Include a link back to this post in your post and tell your readers that you are writing it as part of the PhD in Parenting Carnival of Play

Every few days during the carnival, I will then put up a post featuring (summarizing/commenting on) the posts that you have written and linking to them so that my readers can go to your blog to read the full thing and hopefully get to know your blog a bit better.


What would a Carnival of Play be without a bit of play for us adults? One of the books I will be reviewing during my Carnival of Play is Play by Stuart Brown, M.D. and the publisher has kindly donated 3 copies of the book for me to give away to my readers.  So, I am going to randomly pick a winner for each of the following 3 tasks:

  1. People that write posts for the carnival: If you write a post for the carnival (as per the instructions above), your name will be included in the draw for the first copy of the book.

  2. People that link to one of the posts in the carnival: If you link to any of the posts that I put up during the carnival, your name will be included in the draw for the second copy of the book. Usually I see pingbacks to my posts, but sometimes they don't register for whatever reason. Feel free to drop a comment on the post that you linked to letting me know that you linked to it (to be sure that I see your post).

  3. People that send me great links to include in the carnival: I'm still looking for more great stuff about play to link to and blog about during the carnival and you can help! Go out there in the World Wide Web and find some great blog posts, articles, research studies, or other content about play and send me an e-mail with (a) the link to the article/post and (b) a link to your blog if you have one (I'll give you credit for finding it if I link to it). My e-mail address is phdinparenting at gmail dot com. Everyone that sends me a link gets entered in the draw for the third copy of the book.

I look forward to playing along with you all! :)

Photo credit: I Nancy on flickr
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Reader Comments (73)

[...] wrote this post as part of the PhD in Parenting Carnival of Play. Check out PhD in Parenting from April 1-15 for more posts about play. Share [...]

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

Mine is up!

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

This is so great -- I hope to get a chance to write about it -- it's a topic I adore -- and i like that I can do it over the next 2 weeks -- I just might get it done... Either way though --- I look forward to all the reading on the subject I'll get because of this over the next 2 weeks :) so thank you!

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

Great to hear play getting attention. Victoria Castle, the writer of the Trance of Scarcity also stresses the importance of play.
I personally love play, so I will be here.

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWilma

Can I submit an old post too? LOL! I'll be back when my post is up!

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

What a fantastic idea! I'll get a post up in the next few days.

April 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Here are a couple links relating to play I found through http://thethoughtfulparent.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow">The Thoughtful Parent:
http://creativeplayplus.com/" rel="nofollow">Creative Play Plus
http://www.playfulearning.com/Playful_Learning/Playful_Learning.html" rel="nofollow">Playful Learning

My post goes up tomorrow!

[...] was elated to see that PhD in Parenting is hosting a carnival of play this week!  I’m looking forward to all the other photos and thoughts on [...]

[...] great parenting blog that I like to read, PhD in Parenting, is hosting a Carnival of Play from April 1 - 15. I have written about children’s play a number of times on this blog, most [...]

I'm excited about your carnival, Annie! I've been thinking I need to get back to playing more with the kids, both for fun and to reconnect/help with discipline. Time to get Playful Parenting by Cohen out for a reread, maybe.

Also, I was thinking about this old Mothering article on violent/gun play recently. Liam is Mr. Imagination and is always running around as a soldier, knight, bad guy, or pirate, "killing" people. I sometimes wonder how to respond...


April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Okay, I'm going to post my take on play in a few minutes!

April 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLoukia

[...] you haven’t participated yet, it isn’t too late! Go back to the introductory post to learn about all the ways you can get involved in the Carnival of Play and have a chance to win a [...]

[...] am working on two guest blog posts, and will link to them as soon as they are up.  One is for PhD in Parenting’s Carnival of Play, which is a summary of and links to blog posts during the month of April about playing with your [...]

[...] Play With Kids Part I Hi, all!  PhD in Parenting is using the month of April to feature a Carnival of Play on her blog.  She will link to posts all over the internet that explore fun activities, how play [...]

[...] Play Activities Part I Hi, all!  PhD in Parenting is using the month of April to feature a Carnival of Play on her blog.  She will link to posts all over the internet that explore fun activities, how play [...]

[...] of my good blogger friends Annie from PhD in Parenting is running a Carnival of Play theme on her blog this month. What a fantastic idea! I decided to write this post as a part of her [...]

What a fantastic idea for a blog carnival. I am so excited to join! Here is my post:


I think a good mix of play-nutrition-rest each day is key to long term healthy growth of children. My focus in this post is on play involving physical activity combined with adequate nutrition on a daily basis. Active children have higher caloric requirements. I provide a table comparing daily calorie requirements for both boys and girls based on activity levels. This information is based on MyPyramid for PreSchoolers.

April 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwinToddlersDad

thanks so much for inviting me to participate in your carnival! My post is up here http://maternalspark.com/wp/?p=1086

April 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterH.E.Eigler

Hi Everyone! I'll be putting up a Showcase of Arts & Crafts Play on April 11, so if you are writing a post related to arts and crafts, please get it up by April 10 for inclusion in the showcase.

April 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterphdinparenting

[...] is Day 6 of the Carnival of Play and already there have been some fabulous posts. Thank you everyone for your submissions. There [...]

This is a great idea! Here's a post about play I wrote recently: http://thethoughtfulparent.blogspot.com/2009/02/not-just-childs-play.html

[...] post was written as part of the PhD in Parenting Carnival of Play and the Maternal Spark Monday’s Muse Blog Meme for Creative [...]

I wrote mine up! You can click on my name to get there. We did an experimental day of all-play.

April 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTopHat

[...] you haven’t participated yet, it isn’t too late! Go back to the introductory post to learn about all the ways you can get involved in the Carnival of Play and have a chance to win a [...]

[...] the Carnival of Play’s Wordless Wednesday, I thought I’d share a picture of mine and link to a few of the [...]

[...] information was recommended for the Carnival of Play by Beth @ Shades of Bliss. Thanks Beth! Do you have a link about play to recommend? If so, you can [...]

I finally put up a post! Took me awhile to think of a topic. http://infantbibliophile.blogspot.com/2009/04/ten-ways-to-play-with-childrens-books.html

April 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

[...] is my second contribution to PhD in Parenting’s Carnival Of Play. You can read my other post/s here: Carnival Of Play and Playdough [...]

[...] is part two of my Carnival of Play post, inspired by Annie at PhD in Parenting.  Unfortunately, my floor-cleaning hasn’t [...]

[...] post is part of the Carnival of Play from April 1 to April 15 at PhD in Parenting. Hope you’re all having fun! var addthis_pub [...]

[...] of the Carnival of Play hosted by PhD in Parenting. You  can participate too! var addthis_pub = 'phdinparenting'; var [...]

[...] is a second post under the Carnival of Play being hosted by phdinparenting. Here are a few very simple ideas for you to try at mealtime with [...]

Second post is up:


If flexibility, patience and perseverance are the main ingredients of parenting, fun and play is the secret ingredient for success at mealtime. Check out some of our recent experiences with our twins, and feel free to leave your tips for fun and play as you encourage your little ones to try new foods.

April 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTwinToddlersDad

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[...] This post is part of the Carnival of Play, hosted by Phd in [...]

April 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSpace to play >> a peek

[...] I’m having so much fun with the Carnival of Play and since you are all writing and suggesting so many fabulous posts, I’m going to extend the [...]

The carnival has been extended to April 20! More time to join in the fun.


April 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterphdinparenting

[...] continue my contributions for the Carnival of Play, I have collated 10 quotes on the importance and worth of [...]

Most of what I do in my classes IS play since I work in a play-based program, but here's one I wrote a bit ago about playing in the rain: http://preschoolpatti.blogspot.com/2009/03/rain-activities.html

Love this blog, by the way. I don't leave tons of comments around, but the world definitely needs more play!

April 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

[...] This is my last contribution to the Carnival of Play. [...]

I'm adding my post for the blog carnival.

April 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKC

oh, the actual referring post is here:


April 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKC

adding another post on my blog for inexpensive props for pretend play


April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKC

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