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Why Play?

Although formal academics and structured activities are important, research shows that child-directed play is critical for healthy emotional, cognitive and social development. In other words, it might look like a child is “just playing,” but under the surface she is actually solving problems, learning language, developing empathy and strengthening self-regulation. 

In a society where kids often bounce from one structured event to another, it’s more important than ever to protect places where kids are in charge, play’s the word and the only rule is that you must have fun. Through hands-on exhibits and interactive programming at the Children's Museum, kids can see, touch, learn and grow their way through important developmental milestones. This is called the power of play.

Want to learn more about the importance of play for your child? We pulled together some of the best research and put it all in one convenient and clickable place. New research and articles are added frequently. Visit the links below to get started!

Why We Need Children's Museums
Psychology Today
February 19, 2016
In Defense of Play: The "elaborate detour" of having fun pays cognitive dividends
The Atlantic
August 12, 2016

Why Playing Tag is as Important to your Kid’s Future as Reading
TIME Magazine
August 26, 2015
Losing our Grip: More students entering school without fine motor skills
ancaster Online
October 26, 2015
The Adult Role in Child-led play: How to Become a Learning Ally
Nature Play
September 17, 2012
Scientists Say Child's Play Helps Build a Better Brain
August 6, 2015
9 Ways to Entertain your Child without using a Smartphone
The Art of Manliness
October 6, 2015
The best school prep is (literally) child’s play
hippewa Valley Family
September 9, 2015
The Decline of Play
Peter Grey, TED Talk
June 13, 2014
Do Schools Kill Creativity?
Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talk
February 2006
The decline of play in preschoolers--and the rise of sensory issues
The Washington Post

September 1, 2015
the power of play cmec provides a wealth of opportunities for learning through play
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