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The benefits of play for youth are many. Whether it be improving academic learning, decreasing anxiety and depression, or developing focus, coordination, and cooperation in a fun way, play is a great way to improve the overall health and wellness of our children. Join us for many fun adventures for kids and families throughout Sheboygan County. 

Bring back the fun in 2021!

Play is Healing in Sheboygan County

Join us in 2021 for a community initiative promoting wellness and healing from the collective trauma of the pandemic. Above and Beyond Children’s Museum, Mental Health America in Sheboygan County, the Sheboygan YMCA, and the Sheboygan Rec Department collaborating with additional community partners, have teamed up to provide playful educational opportunities developed to support our community’s overall health and well-being.

PHASE I: A Mindful Recess

Our first offering, "A Mindful Recess", was an 8-week series guided by MHA of Sheboygan County Wellness Director Rachael Haas, to boost brain and body health with a mindful calming, focusing, and movement break from virtual schooling. Included in the pre-recorded sessions are playful mindfulness and fitness movements for calming and focus, balance and coordination, strength and flexibility, and finishing with gratitude while refocusing back on learning. Videos were recorded and inspired by different exhibits at the Above and Beyond Children's Museum as well as areas within the Sheboygan YMCA. PLEASE WATCH VIDEOS AND GIVE US FEEDBACK! Fill out our Evaluation Survey and receive a complimentary pass to either the ABCM or YMCA.

PHASE II: Summer POP-ups

Bring back the fun in 2021! Join us this summer for the second phase of Play is Healing with our family focused POP-up play experiences at various participating locations throughout the county. Events include structured and unstructured play opportunities geared towards elementary students and their families.

    PHASE III: TBA

    Stay tuned!!!

    Mental & Emotional Health Benefits of Play

    The benefits of play for youth are many. Whether it be improving academic learning, decreasing anxiety and depression, or developing focus, coordination, and cooperation in a fun way, play is a great way to improve the overall health and wellness of our children. See below for just some of the benefits of play:

    • Enhances brain structure and function
    • Promotes executive functioning – the process of learning that helps us focus while ignoring distractions
    • Reduces and manages toxic stress while building resilience
    • Decreases symptoms of depression and anxiety
    • Improves self-regulation and body awareness
    • Promotes social emotional learning and healthy connection with others
    • Supports safe and nurturing environments and relationships
    • Improves motor skills, coordination, self-esteem, and confidence
    • Inspires creative thinking
    • Provides learning opportunities regarding success and failure

    Check out some great resources on the benefits of play for our youth!

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