“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” Kay Redfield Jamison, Professor of Psychiatry
A Conversation with Dr. Alison Gopnik, What research shows about the value of play. https://www.naeyc.org/files/tyc/file/TYC_V3N2_Gopnik.pdf
Bring back old-fashioned play. http://www.apa.org/monitor/2008/10/play.aspx
Play in the Early Years: Key to School Success https://www.sonoma.edu/tcs/play_key_to_success.pdf
The power of play to boost children’s development
More Threats to Preschoolers’ Play http://www.naeyc.org/content/research-news-you-can-use-more-threats-preschoolers-play
Why Playing Outdoors Makes Children Smarter http://www.portlandfamily.com/posts/20-reasons-why-playing-outdoors-makes-children-smarter/
The Importance of play http://www.parents.com/fun/sports/exercise/the-importance-of-play/
The Value of Risk in Children’s Play http://www.allianceforchildhood.org/sites/allianceforchildhood.org/files/file/Risk_Intro_website.pdf
The Over Protected Kid: A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.
The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/119/1/182.full
The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Development
Note: For additional articles go to “Brains Benefit from Play” under Brain Connection Resources.