Balanced and Barefoot Blog

Outdoor play and the unrestricted freedom of movement-based programs are vital for children’s cognitive and physical development, and help ensure that kids grow into healthy, balanced and resilient adults.

Posted on March 30

Why Walking Laps at Recess Time Isn’t a Good Idea

Angela Hanscom

Angela Hanscom

By Angela Hanscom I was in the middle of feeding my baby boy, when the phone rang. “I need your help,” the person on the other line said. It was an old friend of mine. “Our school is making it mandatory that the children walk laps during recess time.” She went on to tell me […]

Posted on November 9

How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Helps Children Find Their Voices

Becky Bowen, M.A. CCC-SLP

Becky Bowen, M.A. CCC-SLP

By Becky Bowen, M.A. CCC-SLP I had a fantastic summer, because I got to spend it at camp. As a speech-language pathologist, I was interested in not only what the campers were doing at TimberNook, but what they were saying as well The benefits of free play in the great outdoors are well-documented: gross motor, […]