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IPA is a voluntary organization whose core income is from membership dues. You can support our promotion of children’s play worldwide by becoming a member [click here] sponsoring a friend [click here] sponsoring a member from a developing country [click … Read More

Membership

IPA is an interdisciplinary organization bringing together people from all professions which have an impact on opportunities for children’s play. Examples are: playwork health education social work early childhood city planning recreation landscape design social planning architecture community development art … Read More

Children and the Right to Play

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Around 60 years ago I grew up in a small rural village in the remote eastern part of my country, the Netherlands. I went to kindergarten and primary school. The rest of my time I played and slept. I played with friends (boys and girls) games like hide and seek, marbles and a lot of explorative games, all outdoors and no lack of space.

Member Groups

IPA has members in close to 50 countries, and active groups in Argentina Brazil Germany Ireland New Zealand Spain N. Ireland Australia Canada Hong Kong Japan Portugal Sweden USA Belgium Denmark India Netherlands Scotland England Wales IPA member groups initiate … Read More

IPA Membership

Membership is open to any individual, group or organization which endorses the CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in November 1989. How to Join To obtain membership information contact your … Read More

About Us

IPA is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961. It provides a forum for exchange and action across disciplines and across sectors. IPA’s purpose is to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play as a fundamental human right. … Read More

BOOK REVIEW: Natural Playspaces: Creating Outdoor Play Environments for the Soul

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Rusty Keeler Reviewed by Ric McConaghy There are times when you can judge a book by its cover. Two imps peering out from behind a moss covered tree trunk suggest that Natural Playspaces ; Creating Outdoor Play Environments for the … Read More

BOOK REVIEW: The Playful Brain

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The Playful Brain, by play researchers Sergio and Vivian Pellis of the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada) is an erudite exploration of the science and mystery of play. The book is targeted to a general audience – but an educated one – with a strong interest in the adaptive nature of play in human and non-human animals.

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