There is mountains of evidence to support the idea that children learn through play. Freestyle and imaginative play is the birth place of creativity, and is an important factor in a child's physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. Read on to educate yourself on the power of play and how you can make play a priority in your child's life!
THE PLAY MOVEMENT: The New York Times reports on the "Effort to Restore Children's Play Gains Momentum", shedding light on the growing acknowledgment that play needs to be more of a priority.
MODERN VS. OLD-FASHIONED PLAY: NPR addresses the transition from old-fashioned "activity play" to the modern idea of "toy play" in "Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills".
STAGES OF PLAY: ParentsConnect.com offers a brief run-down of the different stages and "Types of Play" a child will grow into, from solitary play to associative play!
HOW TO ENCOURAGE CREATIVE PLAY: For a list of activities that inspire creative thinking in your preschooler, read "Encouraging Creative Play" from TodaysParent.com.