Imagination Playground Reports Surge in Schools Responding to Gift of Play Offer

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Imagination Playground, LLC—creators of the breakthrough “Big Blue Blocks” that encourage child-directed, unstructured free play—announced today that this past week, 34 new schools accepted their Gift of Play offer of financial help to bring an Imagination Playground to children. It is the largest number of new schools to accept within any one week period, making a total of 374 schools to have benefited so far in 2016.

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As a STEM specialist I had been admiring the Big Blue Blocks for a long time. It was a wish, a hope and a dream of mine for years. This is definitely the ultimate engineering toy for students. The creativity is unlimited.

Imagination Playground, LLC—creators of the breakthrough “Big Blue Blocks” that encourage child-directed, unstructured free play—announced today that this past week, 34 new schools accepted their Gift of Play offer of financial help to bring an Imagination Playground to children. It is the largest number of new schools to accept within any one week period, making a total of 374 schools to have benefited so far in 2016.

Gift of Play is an integral part of Imagination Playground’s 2016 goal to get 3 million more children playing. Imagination Playground set this lofty goal recognizing that creative play is on a global decline—despite voluminous research supporting its cognitive, physical, and emotional benefits. Knowing further that countless schools shared their play values, but might not have enough funding for an Imagination Playground, Imagination Playground decided in 2016 to bring back their overwhelmingly received 2015 Gift of Play program.

Upon learning of Gift of Play’s return, schools began responding immediately. But last week—motivated by the desire to help even more schools—Imagination Playground announced their decision to increase their efforts to unprecedented levels. This translated into a Gift of 20% off Imagination Playground blocks of all sizes. Based on the observed increase in the number of schools accepting, Imagination Playground President Dave Krishock says their efforts are succeeding.

“Children need to play,” said Krishock, “and nothing is more important than seeing the joy on their faces when they receive their new Imagination Playground. We’re proud to see how much our Gift of Play is helping those who just don’t have the funds to make that happen otherwise.”

Among the schools that recently benefited from Gift of Play is Bethany Public Schools in Bethany, CT. Beth Williams, the STEM Integration Specialist there says Gift of Play literally made a longtime dream come true.

“As a STEM specialist I had been admiring the Big Blue Blocks for a long time,” she said. “It was a wish, a hope and a dream of mine for years. This is definitely the ultimate engineering toy for students. The creativity is unlimited.”

“Gift of Play definitely made the difference. Every dollar counts in this economy,” she added.

Schools (and Family Centers) interested in learning more about Imagination Playground and the Gift of Play program are encouraged to call 1-678-604-7466, email ContactUs(at)ImaginationPlayground(dot)org or visit http://www.imaginationplayground.com/promotions/gift-of-play.html

About Imagination Playground, LLC

Imagination Playground is a breakthrough play space concept developed to encourage child-directed, creative free play. The kind of play that experts say is critical to children’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional development. Created by architect and designer David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group, Imagination Playground enables children to play, dream, build and explore endless possibilities. Imagination Playground finds its home in daycare centers, kindergartens, elementary schools, children’s museums—and science, nature, discovery centers, camps, community centers, children’s hospitals, hotels, public parks and more—in North America and over 60 countries overseas. For more information, visit http://www.imaginationplayground.com

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