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What does the research have to say?

Are your kids playing enough?  

Must-read articles about the impact of play on your child's brain.


Games and playing are more than just 'fun' for young kids. They actually help shape and mold the brain and wire it for improved reasoning, creativity, fluid thinking, and more. Instead of worrying whether your kids are playing too much, you should be asking yourself whether they are playing enough.

 

We have collected some of the most important articles and resources on this topic for you. Please enjoy them and share the message with others. 

Silvia and Bill

 

EXPERTS ARE CALLING FOR MORE PLAY

 

New AAP report stresses play for healthy development - American Academy of Pediatrics

Play's unfortunate reputation (1 of 3) - Robert Hess

Play and learning (2 of 3) - Robert Hess

How play broadens and deepens the mind (3 of 3) - Robert Hess

The State of Play - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

 

THE SCIENCE BEHIND IT (articles):

 

The impact of games on IQ and reasoning skills - Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Intense prep for law school admission test alters brain structure - Robert Sanders

 

THE SCIENCE BEHIND IT (books):

 

Play=learning - Dorothy Singer, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Play - Anthony D. Pellegrini, Peter E. Nathan

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

The National Institute for Play (www.nifplay.org)

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