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A Look Back at My Year of Play

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This post is brought to you 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. All opinions are my own.

Kids and mom at park

As a Let’s Play Ambassador, I’ve been sharing a lot of personal experiences about play this year and even had the opportunity to see a community come together to build a new playground in just a single day. This opportunity has been amazing and I’ve felt pretty blessed to encourage other parents to help keep their children active. Even as the weather changes and the snow starts to fall, it’s something we can continue to encourage and promote.

As parents, we all look for ideas on how we can have a meaningful impact on our kids. We want them to be successful, strong and smart individuals and to not rely on us for everything. We can start by giving them the chance to get their bodies moving and teach them that physical movement is important for their bodies and for their minds. We can set that tone and give them the gift of play all throughout the year. We can purchase sports equipment, we can visit new play spaces, go for hikes and explore the outdoors. There are so many ways that we can introduce new opportunities to them that lead to exploration and play.

playground being built in Cincinnati



Let’s Play has had a direct impact on 10,000,000 kids. Through their grants, playground builds and other efforts within underserved communities, they work with communities to promote active play.

I encourage you this holiday season to give the gift of play. Whether it’s a coupon book for park playdates and nature hikes or new sports equipment – give kids the opportunity to play. There are so many ways that you can do this and give a thoughtful gift that will matter so much more than a gift card or another video game. For more ideas on active play gifts, see my recent post on the Let’s Play website.


If you don’t have children in your life, consider making a donation to a local school, organization or group where children are present. Think about youth clubs, recreation centers, day cares and churches and consider giving them the gift of play. Bring play to where the children are!

We can’t wait for the snow to melt so we can get back to our playgrounds and nature trails. In the meantime, you’ll find us having snowball fights, building snow forts and snowmen and of course, sledding!

Find more ideas on how to give the gift of play, play ideas and more, visit Let’!

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