Children do as we do not as we say. Play is important for everyone. Adults need to play too! Set a good example!
"The early years, especially, should be spent playing, exploring, and developing the intellectual foundations that will allow children to acquire academic skills relatively easily later on."
-Peter Gray Ph.D.
75% of 3 to 5 year olds in the US are in child care with other kids. 70-83% of the time in child care is spent in sedentary activities. Only 3% of the time in vigorous activity. Safety and academic learning are cited as the top reasons for the lack of vigorous, developmentally appropriate activity.
For further information about these stats read these articles by Peter Gray Ph.D.
Did you know that at least 30 minutes of recess is recommended daily?
Numerous studies show that more recess time during the school day leads to more attentive, happy, and receptive students.
There are different types of play. Free play is child led and provides opportunities for the child to develop creativity and independence. This short video explains some of the differences between free play and structured activities that involve play.
Stuart Brown is a leading expert in the value and importance of play. This video is from a conference in 2008 during which he discusses why play is more than just fun, it is vital for healthy mental and physical development. The video is about 30 minutes long. Click here to learn more about his research at The National Institute for Play.
Kristi Mraz is a teacher, author, and speaker. Her website is full of excellent resources on how to incorporate play into your everyday classroom. She is also the co-author of the book Purposeful Play.