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The Benefits of Play

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The Benefits of Play

by Lisa Lattimer and Aidan Bybee

In this short blog post, you will learn about, see, and explore the true benefits of play.

There is a lot of research done, especially recently, on the benefits of play.

“Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.”

“Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them.”

“Play isn’t all fun and games — it’s also an important teaching tool! Through play, kids learn how to interact with others and develop critical lifelong skills.”

Unfortunately, the decline of play at home and at school has had a detrimental effect on children, so much so, that the American Association of Pediatrics now recommends doctors prescribe play. Kindergarten and first grade children are mostly affected as their bodies need to move, their hands need to explore, and their minds need appropriate stimulation for healthy brain development. Research has proven time and time again that all of these needs can be met through play.

Call for action: Let’s step back and offer opportunities for our learners to have healthy and significant experiences each day. In our Outdoor Classroom, we have intentionally set up a variety of areas to do just that. Let’s see:


The Power of Play – How Fun and Games Help Children Thrive. (2018). American Academy of Pediatrics

Additional Information & Resources
Parents of Young Children: Put Down Your Smartphones
Young Children Learn A Lot When They Play
Playing is How Toddlers Learn
Children speaking about the importance of play

10 No-Cost, Screen-Free Activities to Play with Your Preschooler
Create a Family Media Use Plan
The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children (AAP Clinical Report)

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