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Play Matters

Articles and research relating to the value of play in children's growth and development.

Children's Museum and the Role of Play

by Fred Rogers

From the publication Hand to Hand of the Association of Children's Museums.

Some people talk about play as if it were a relief from serious learning or even worse: a waste of time. But for children, play is exceedingly serious…and important! In fact, play is a way for children to learn who they are, how the world works, solve problems, and to express feelings. Download the entire article below.

Child's Play: It's Serious Stuff

by Tina Dealwis

From the publication Play to Podium, Adaptive Activity for Families, http://play2podium.com/. Download the feature story below.

Excerpt: Play is fundamental in a child's life. Through play, children develop cognitive, problem-solving and social skills. Play also breaks down barriers and lays the foundation for adult relationships.

Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills

National Public Radio Report, February 21, 2008

Researchers say imaginative play allows children to make their own rules and practice self-control. Read or listen to the story

A World Without Play

by Dr. Ernie Dettore, Jr.

It is the year 2025. A group is embarking on an excursion with all of the makings of an archaeological dig. They enter guardedly but with determination through a sealed passageway to rediscover a long-abandoned practice involving engagement with artifacts only found now in history books or paintings. What this handful of adventurous children and adults are entering is the lost world of play. The artifacts of which I speak are blocks, sand and dress-up clothes. Download the entire article below.

Pretend Play: Laying the Foundation for Literacy

by Roberta Schomburg

Many people think that play and learning are opposites...we even say things like, "Stop playing and get to work." It's no wonder that parents and teachers may not realize the connections between a child's ability to make believe and his or her ability to read and understand words. Download the entire article below.

Play Makes You Smarter!

by Sherry Cleary

There's a much-used phrase we use when we discuss children: "Play is the work of the young child." Nothing is closer to the truth. Play and work are synonymous for young children. From birth, children work every waking moment discovering how their world works. If one watches, really watches, a small baby, their industrious nature is apparent. Download the entire article below.

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