Children at play participate in complex scientific discovery as they hypothesize, experiment and make generalizations about the world and how it works.
If all of the children who currently are sedentary started exercising every day, societies could save enormous amounts of money in the coming decades and have healthier citizens as a whole, according to a remarkable new study.
A nonprofit group devoted to creating play areas has awarded $1 million to spur 50 new projects that create opportunities for urban children to play at places like bus stops, barber shops and Laundromats.
Although it’s hard to study play in a lab, a new wave of research is showing how important it is to children’s learning.
The “elaborate detour” of having fun pays cognitive dividends.
The need for increasing and maintaining physical activity in youth is something universally agreed upon, but not all activities are equal. Essentially there are three kinds of activity a child can engage in: unstructured, structured and semi-structured play.
Nevertheless, many educators want to curtail play during school. “Play is often perceived as immature behavior that doesn’t achieve anything,” says David Whitebread, a psychologist at Cambridge University who has studied the topic for decades. “But it’s essential to their development. They need to learn to persevere, to control attention, to control emotions. Kids learn these things through playing.”
The way a child wants to play is often very different from the way his parents want him to. The child, however, knows best.
Play is essential to the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being of children beginning in early childhood. It is a natural tool for children to develop resiliency as they learn to cooperate, overcome challenges, and negotiate with others. Play also allows children to be creative.
The Olympics have given our global community a spectacular platform to revel in each other’s triumphs, admire strength in defeat and unite in common passions at a time when it’s sorely needed, reminding us that sports are more than just fun and games - they are a part of our local, national and global identity.
In a slum neighborhood, non-rectangular pitches boost opportunities for play.
The benefits children get from play are incalculable, yet the children who may need it most tend to get the least of it.
Think of playtime like an innovation lab where tomorrow’s civilization is being actively designed.
A place for parents seeking balance, sanity and an edge in the crazy world of youth sports.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.
Right To Play empowers children to rise above these challenges and find their way back to hope.
The Genius of Play is a movement to bring more play into kid’s lives! Raising smarter, happier and healthier kids...that's the Genius of Play!