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Launching the First “Talking is Teaching” Playground

By Too Small to Fail

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, a time to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather with your young children and family. From exploring the hills and meadows in national park land, to climbing on the jungle gym in the local playground – engaging and talking to your child as you spend time outdoors can have enormous benefits for his or her brain development.  

But no matter where you are, or what kind of outdoor space is available, you can help turn your playtime into fun and interactive moments for your child’s vocabulary and brain development. Learn how you can make the most of outdoor playtime this summer – read our blog here.

Talking is Teaching Playgrounds Launch

This month, we’re also proud to celebrate the grand opening of Too Small to Fail’s first “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” themed playground in Panorama City, California, as part of a 2015 CGI America Commitment in partnership with Shane’s Inspiration and Landscape Structures. The first of 20 sites that will launch across the country, the playground will include conversation prompts to encourage fun, language-rich interactions between parents and children.

Read our new photo blog about our first “Talking is Teaching” playground on the Clinton Foundation website!

 

Tip of the week

While playing outside with your little one, talk about the weather – sunshine, rain, or clouds!  Have a conversation with your child about how the sunshine feels on your skin, or lay in the grass and look up at the clouds and talk about the shapes and animals he or she can see in the clouds.  Try asking questions like “I see a dog in that cloud, what do you see?” or “What does that cloud look like to you?” Make up stories as you go along!

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