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Class Information

Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.

The Necessity of Play

Taught by Kari Archibald


Day Time Location
Friday, August 2 9 a.m. Hinckley 203
Kari Archibald

Kari Archibald


Kari Archibald is currently a faculty member in the department of Health, Recreation and Human Performance at BYU-Idaho. She has taught classes in the Recreation Management program for over 27 years. Before becoming a full-time instructor, Archibald was the Resident Director of the Ricks College Outdoor Learning Center at Badger Creek. Her work as a teacher, department chair, and program director has provided her the opportunity to design, lead, and supervise thousands of students and participants in outdoor adventures.

Archibald received a B.A. in Recreation Education from BYU, a master’s degree in Recreation Resource Management from Texas A&M, and a Ph.D. in Recreation Resources from Utah State University. Her outdoor program responsibilities have required training and certification in avalanche, ski instruction, canoe instruction, wilderness education, ropes course facilitation, and as a Wilderness First Responder, an Idaho Master Naturalist and a Leave No Trace instructor.

She and her husband, George, have five children and eight grandchildren. Archibald served a mission in the Netherlands, Amsterdam mission and is currently serving as her stake Young Women president. Not surprisingly, Archibald enjoys hiking, biking, camping, skiing, canoeing, horseback riding, and many other outdoor activities. When she is at home she loves a good book, her vegetable garden, and caring for her llamas, horse, dog and cat.

Class Outline

Technological innovation and societal change have created a perfect storm resulting in the decline in children's self-initiated, free play. In the last two decades alone, children have lost eight hours of spontaneous, unstructured play per week. At the same time children are spending an additional 30 minutes to three hours more per week in passive leisure. Years of research have demonstrated the importance of play for physical, intellectual, and social-emotional human development. This class will explore the importance of play in all stages of our lives and provide motivation and techniques for developing a healthy play culture for ourselves personally as well as in our families and communities.