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Research shows that play can promote attention and critical thinking skills, as well as healthy bodies and happy moods (see my earlier post, "Action Learning"). At the Ultimate Block Party in Baltimore yesterday, children and their parents proved in real life what the researchers have found.

According to organizers, 10,000 families participated in the event and took home at least 5,000 " Block party side play books," containing at-home activities to continue the learning. "We really saw families from all over Baltimore," co-organizer Susan Magsamen told Baltimore Sun reporter Dan Rodricks

The Sun story has some great photos from the event, and there's another collection on Flickr (where these two are from). And below is a video (cool) progeny created of some of the activities. The organizers plan to make this an annual event in Baltimore; stay tuned.

(Photos courtesy of The Ultimate Block Party.)

–Nicky Penttila

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