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The Ultimate Playlist: 50 Reasons to Believe in the Power of Play

THE ULTIMATE PLAYLIST! 50 Reasons to Believe in the Power of Play "Play is the work of the child." Maria Montessori "Play is our The CDC states that children should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily. Both sports and unstructured play can provide aerobic conditioning, muscle-building, and bone-strengthening. brain's favorite way of learning." Diane Gckerman "Think of playtime like an innovation lab where tomorrow's civilization is being actively designed." "Free play gives children an outlet to Jordan Shapiro express their A rich, active emotions and "When children pretend, they're using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a feelings and helps them to develop a sense of who they imagination is a resource that brightens every aspect of life! Like a muscle, creativity is expanded and strengthened by daily use. Playtime serves as a "jungle gym" where kids can cultivate their are." KaBOOM! inner inventors, superhero." adventurers, artists, Fred Rogers and scientists. Playworks paired with Mathematica Policy Research and Stanford University to conduct a study on optimized recess. Key findings include: * 43% less bullying and isolating behavior * Students felt 20% safer. * More engagement in vigorous physical activity * Less time to transition from recess to learning activities A year-long study of 2,600 schoolchildren revealed that regular The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights stated that "children shall exposure to green spaces resulted in a 5% increase in the have time to rest and "Children learn play and equal opportunities for cultural and artistic through doing - play is how they explore their world, learn how to assess development of their working memory and a 1% decrease in activities." inattentiveness. risk, try things out, and get to know themselves." Bethe Almeras "I've seen it firsthand, and a growing body of evidence now shows that when it comes to changing schools for the better, recess "Great recess is an and play may be one of the most The American Nature is restorative for both kids and adults. Academy of Pediatrics declared that "recess is essential building block for healthy school environments and helps lift that help kids thrive socially, emotionally, and Being outside relieves stress, eases anger, reduces blood pressure, a necessary break in the day for optimizing a child's social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development." powerful and underutilized tools we have." depression. In one study by Mind, 95% of interview participants stated that their mood improved after Nancy, Barrand spending time outside. Risa Lavizgo Mourey president of the Robert physically." Wood Johnson Foundation "Kids who have play as part of their school day do better in school, become better "Play gives children a A 2014 study conducted with team players, and develop into more creative thinkers – Finland is esteemed for providing some of the best education in the Massachusetts chance to elementary students revealed that English and math test scores they are much more likely to carry these skills into adulthood." world. Children there practice what they are learning." Fred Rogers enjoy around an hour of recess and were higher at schools with greater amounts of vegetation. unstructured 15-minute breaks between class time daily. KABOOM! "Play energizes and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities." Stuart Brown, M.D. "Almost all "A moving child creativity is a learning child." involves purposeful play." Gbraham Maslow By analyzing 46 published studies, psychologist Edward Fisher concluded that Gill Gonnell "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop pretend play "results in improved performances in both cognitive-linguistic and social affective Researchers have discovered that domains." playing." engaging in teamwork develops neuron complexity. As kids communicate and George Bernard Shaw cooperate, their brains are becoming more open, flexible, and dynamic. "When we deny children play, we are denying them the right to understand the world." "It stokes the creation of "Children need the freedom and time imagination, autonomy, and social skills. And it's to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity." Enika and Nicholas "Natural environments just plain fun no matter the age." Kay Redhjeld Jamison Christakis including green spaces provide children with unique opportunities such as inciting engagement, risk-taking, discovery. creativity, mastery and control, strengthening sense of self, inspiring basic emotional states including sense of wonder, and enhancing psychological restoration." Bradley Calvert "Play is critical for stress relief, as it allows kids to create fantasies that help them cope with difficult situations." Melinda Wenner "Play is often talked about as if it were a Chronic stress is toxic – it sabotages the body and mind of both kids Researchers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of relief from serious and adults. Playtime provides an essential sanctuary for kids to safely explore how they feel; it helps them diffuse bottled up learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." Sciences. Fred. Ragers emotions and discover healthy self-expression. Dancing is a form of play! It unites joy and motion, establishing a positive association that can last throughout life. It enhances flexibility, Pretend play is how children naturally discover the world "Play is the highest expression of human "Play actually helps infants build strong development in childhood, for it coordination, and beyond and within themselves. It nurtures alone is the free creativity, develops communication skills, cultivates empathy, and builds vocabulary. motor skills. bonds with caregivers - and even simple games like peek-a-boo stimulate a baby's brain and help it develop." expression of what is in a child's soul." Friedrich Frwebel Talaris Institute "Children learn as they play. Most Throughout the animal importantly, in play, kingdom, young offspring instinctively engage in playful behavior that imitates children learn how Risky play preps children for life. It builds to learn." O. Fred Donaldson "Play helps kids feel confidence, develops more connected to their communities. decision-making skills, and creates an Community play spaces have a positive effect on social cohesion, foster positive attitudes toward racial and cultural awareness of boundaries. Through risky play, kids also cultivate a sense of survival skills. Young birds toy with any kind of new object they encounter: leaves, pebbles, seashells, inedible berries. This wonder and excitement helps them learn what objects are safe or threatening. towards the world around them. diversity, and help reduce feelings of isolation or exclusion." "Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a "The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct." Carl Jung KABOOM! love of play." Henri Matisse "Today's young children are controlled by the expectations, schedules, whims, and rules of adults. "We want our children to have a childhood that's magical and enriched, but l'll bet that your best childhood memories Play is the only time they can take control of their world." involve something "Play matters because it creates Sheila G. Flaxman an opportunity to you were thrilled to do yourself. These are childhood's magic bring out the best in words: 'l did it every kid, and it's an myself!" opportunity for kids to really see the best in themselves." "It is a happy Lenore Shenagy talent to know how to play." Ralph Waldo Emerson Jill Vialet, founder and CEO of Playworks "I shouldn't have to defend play for children any more than I should have to defend their eating, sleeping, and breathing." Rae Pica Children are more likely to choose fruits and vegetables after a lively bout of recess. There is a 54% increase "Kids who play play well as adults. Kids who play Research by Dimitri Christakis (director of the Center for Child build their confidence in consumption, with 45% of students and learn the social skills that help them become happy, well-adjusted adults." Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's KaBOOM! Research Institute) choosing at least one healthy item. found that children who played with blocks showed greater brain engagement than when watching Baby Sources: www.nature.com |www.pnas.org www.journals.plos.org | www.pediatrics.aappublications.org | www.kaboom.org | www.mnn.com | www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu Playground Eqúipment Einstein DVDS.

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Do you believe that play matters? For children, play is a crucial element for physical, emotional, cognitive, and social growth! This infographic explores 50 science-supported reasons why every child ...

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