The Importance of Play

Sand Play

From free play to “bringing recess back”, the importance of play in a child’s development cannot be under estimated.

Play and Recess

Big Data Shows the Way to Healthier Playgrounds for All by Meghan Talarowski and Taylor Chiang, Op-Ed, (09/20/17)

Child’s Play is Good for All of Us by Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times (03/03/17)

Minnesota Children’s Museum
THE POWER OF PLAY A Research Summary on Play and Learning by Dr. Rachel E. White for the Minnesota Children’s Museum

The International Play Association (IPA) – American Association for Child’s Right to Play
From the site: IPA USA is the national affiliate of IPA World, an international non-governmental organization founded in Denmark in 1961. It is interdisciplinary and embraces in membership persons of all professions working for or with children. Membership is open to any individual, group, or organization which endorses the United Nations’ Declaration of the Rights of the Child (1959), especially Article 7, paragraph 3, which states:

‘Lets face it, keeping children sedentary for most of their waking hours is causing harm’ – Washington Post (11/11/16)

After Years of Cuts to Playtime, Parents and Educators Are Bringing Recess Back NEA Today (2016)

Play and Sports

The Aspen Institute Project Play
From the site: Imagine if every child had a chance to play sports. To know the camaraderie of a team, the feeling of a game-winning shot, or the perseverance to shave seconds off a personal best. To experience all of the benefits – physical, social, emotional, cognitive, individual – available to human beings who simply move their bodies on a regular basis. Now imagine the benefits to communities everywhere, given research showing that adolescents who play sports are eight times more likely to be active as young adults than adolescents who do not play sports. Imagine cities that are healthier, even greener with more park space and trails.

Aspen Institute Publications:

Physical Literacy in the United States 2016
“Aimed largely at young people, physical literacy programs seek to provide the movement skills and motivation to be active for life, though across nations there is variation in the definition of the term, the key components of the program, and the mechanisms of delivery.”

Sport for All | Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game 2015