Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Let’s Play, an initiative by Dr Pepper Snapple Group that provides kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make active play a daily priority by building and improving playgrounds and donating sports equipment to groups in need. Although I received compensation for this post, all opinions are my own.
P-L-A-Y is Everything! Getting involved is everything! Doing it with my kids is everything! Our imaginations were hard at work! We joined this incredible school Foundation Academies in Trenton to dream up the perfect playground and in August we will join this community to make it a reality thanks to Dr Pepper Snapple Group through its Let’s Play program!
My 12-year-old Jaron and I took part in the planning. We measured the area of what is now the parking lot that will be turned into the playground with help from Kaboom. A safe playground that kids can enjoy for years to come. Playing outside is important for children, they need the fresh air and to mix and mingle with their peers without being in the classroom, it’s a time for them to explore things that interest them and share them with others. Some love to go outside and play ball games or run around, whilst others like to have a milder playtime with card play where they get something like a Pokémon Elite Trainer Box and trade cards with their friends as they mix and match. It really is up to what they love to do and how they connect with their fellow classmates.
We sat with the kids as they learned about their options for the space and drew pictures of their dream areas and activities. We cheered them on and encouraged them to design whatever they wanted as junior architects. We will be on hand to join their community and volunteers from Dr Pepper Snapple to turn some of the designs into a reality on Aug. 18. Volunteers will also sort and pack new sports equipment with Good Sports inc to distribute to several local youth-serving organizations to make active play a priority.