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34 Reasons Why Play Matters

34PLAY MATTERS! I. "Free play gives children an outlet to express their emotions and feelings and helps them to develop a sense of who they are." KABOOM!, Facts on Play 2. The CDC reports that obese children are at greater risk for high cholesterol, blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. Ample play and exercise are essential to reduce these dangers. 3. Play matters because it empowers kids to explore and alter their surroundings. Before long, they'll be changing the world! •..... Parallel play involves children playing alongside each other with minimal vocal exchange. This builds nonverbal communication and observation skills. 5. The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights declared that "children shall have time to rest and play and equal opportunities for cultural and artistic activities." 6. Play matters because it builds kids into curious, confident, and happy explorers that are eager to indulge in all of life's wonders. 7. Finland tops the list of best education in the world. They enjoy around an hour of recess daily and unstructured breaks between classtime. 8. "Kids who play, play well as adults. Kids who play build their confidence and learn the social skills that help them become happy, well-adjusted adults.- KABOOM! 9. 1Ю. "Several studies demonstrated that recess, whether performed indoors or outdoors, made children more attentive and more productive in the classroom." ~ The American Academy of Pediatrics *Since play often involves physical activity, play is closely related to the development and refinement of children's growth and fine motor skills and their body awareness." ~ KABOOM! II. 12. "Play matters because it creates an opportunity to bring out the best in every kid, and it's an opportunity for kids to really see the best in themselves." - Jill Vialet "Play actually helps infants build strong bonds with caregivers - and even simple games like peek-a-boo stimulate a baby's brain and help it develop." Talaris Institute 13. "Children learn how to share, resolve conflicts, make decisions, be assertive, and work in groups through unstructured play." - More Than a Toy 14. Rough and tumble play is energetic, intense, and quickly evolving, This helps kids make quick decisions, build healthy bodies, and relieve stress. 15. An analysis of 46 published studies led psychologist Edward Fisher to state that pretend play 'reşults in improved performances in both cognitive-linguistic and social affective domains. 16. "It stokes the creation of imagination, autonomy, and social skills. And it's just plain fun no matter the age.: Bradley Calvert 17. "Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity." - Kay Redfield Jamison PLAY! 18. "Families with a playground in walking or driving distance are more likely to report that their family spends time together, has friends, and that each family member is pursuing goals." Study by Foresters and KaBOOM! 19. Solitary play encourages a child to think independently, brainstorm creative concepts, and develop healthy emotions. 20. Chronic stress produces cortisol, which sabotages memory and cognitive function. Regular play provides a healthy reprieve and promotes relaxation. 21. 22. ?| ! |O "Play helps kids feel more connected to their communities. Community playspaces have a positive effect on social cohesion, foster positive attitudes toward racial and cultural diversity, and help reduce feelings of isolation or exclusion. ~ KABOOM! "In play: children in engage problem solving, test out ideas, ask questions, and build new understandings." - Peakaboo Beans 23. "Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold." - Joseph Chilton Pearce 24. According to the CDC, children should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily. This includes aerobic exercise, muscle building, and bone strengthening. 25. During sensory motor play, children discover and delight in the five senses. This helps them understand their surroundings and boosts creativity. 26. "Unstructured play may be an exceptional way to increase physical activity levels in children, thus reducing the potential of childhood obesity (Ginsburg, 2007).* - KABOOM!, Facts on Play 27. "Play is critical for stress relief it allows kids to create fantasies that help them cope with difficult situations (Wenner, 2009)." - KABOOM!, Facts on Play as 28. "Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play. - Henri Matisse 29. 30. 31. "Kids who play "What we play is life." - Louis Armstrong "Play energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of do better in school. Kids who play develop. the cognitive skills that are positively linked to'learning and academic optimism and up to new possibilities". - Stuart Brown, MD Opens us performance." - KABOOM! 33. "I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way." Whitney Houston 34. "We don't stop playing because webecause we old: 32. "Children learn as they we grow old stop playing. George Bernard Shaw play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn." - O. Fred Donaldson 2 3 http://www.cdc.g .gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/children.html therapist/2014/08/why-kids-need-to-play/ Www.ohchr.oreen. ublications/FactSheet10rev.len.pdf atric AAA STATE OF PLAY ..... .....

34 Reasons Why Play Matters

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To fly a kite, you need a strong breeze and plenty of room. In a fancifal sense, humans are a lot like kites! Play gives both kids and adults the freedom and momentum to truly take flight. For kids, ...


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