Play

“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” Kay Redfield Jamison, Professor of Psychiatry

WEBSITES:

Pop-up Adventure Play:  Great ideas for bringing adventure playgrounds to your own backyard.  http://www.popupadventureplay.org/

Knoala offers thousands of expert approved activities for parents to enjoy with infants to preschoolers.  https://itunes.apple.com/app/id639651078

ARTICLES:

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
http://www.kidspot.com.au/discoverycentre/Development-Development-The-power-of-play-to-boost-childrens-development+5395+553+article.htm

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.
http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/03/hey-parents-leave-those-kids-alone/358631/

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
http://store.msuextension.org/publications/HomeHealthandFamily/MT201003HR.pdf

Note: For additional articles go to “Brains Benefit from Play” under Brain Connection Resources.

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