Imagination Playground Extends Gift of Play Deadline as Schools Request More Time

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Imagination Playground, LLC—creators of the breakthrough Big Blue Blocks that encourage child-directed, unstructured free play—announced today the deadline for their 2016 Gift of Play program is extended until early January. The extension was granted based on hundreds requests from schools and family centers for more time to participate.

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Many schools and family centers have said they need our Blocks – they just need a little more time. We hear them and we’re extending our Gift of Play program!

Imagination Playground, LLC—creators of the breakthrough Big Blue Blocks that encourage child-directed, unstructured free play—announced today the deadline for their 2016 Gift of Play program is extended until early January. The extension was granted based on hundreds requests from schools and family centers for more time to participate.

Gift of Play provides funding assistance for deserving schools and family centers to bring an Imagination Playground to their children. The level of help currently translates to 20% off, and can be applied Imagination Playground Blue Blocks of any size. The offer was originally scheduled to end in December, but over the past weeks, schools and family centers began reaching out to Imagination Playground asking for more time to discuss the program with the administrators within their organizations. Given the large numbers of requests, Imagination Playground decided they wanted to give more.

Imagination Playground President and CEO Dave Krishock explained, “Gift of Play reflects our company values and is an integral part of our company mission. In 2016, it helped us reach our goal to bring creative play to 3 million more children. But let’s not stop here just because our goals have been met. Let’s try to exceed them. Many schools and family centers have said they need our Blocks – they just need a little more time. We hear them and we’re extending our Gift of Play program!”

Participating schools consistently tell Imagination Playground that were it not for Gift of Play, they either would have had to wait another year to fund their blocks, or, they would not have been able to fund them at all. After receiving their Imagination Playground, they report having incorporated it into a wide range of activities appropriate for children of all ages. Examples include pre-K and kindergarten activities, indoor and outdoor recess, science and math classes, STEM challenges, activities to promote team building and social growth, general class studies, and community outreach.

Among 662 schools helped this year by Gift of Play is Lutheran Preschool in Long Beach, CA. Mary Wolfinbarger, Director, said she had her eye on the Big Blue Blocks for some time, and thanked Imagination Playground for making it possible to bring them to her children.

“We have swings, bikes, playhouses, play structures and sand. The blocks were an element that was missing. And while yes, you can bring small blocks outside, they’re just not like the Big Blue Blocks,” she said.

Schools and family centers interested in learning more about Imagination Playground and Gift of Play 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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