Take Time To Play – It is Important!

December 5th, 2011

by Katrina Brooke

Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical,
social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal
opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children. Despite the benefits
derived from play for both children and parents, time for free play has been
markedly reduced for some children. This report addresses a variety of factors that
have reduced play, including a hurried lifestyle, changes in family structure, and
increased attention to academics and enrichment activities at the expense of recess
or free child-centered play.   Read more at:  http://www.aap.org/pressroom/playFINAL.pdf

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