See, touch, learn, and grow
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
February 19, 2016
|In Defense of Play: The "elaborate detour" of having fun pays cognitive dividends
August 12, 2016
|Why Playing Tag is as Important to your Kid’s Future as Reading
August 26, 2015
|Losing our Grip: More students entering school without fine motor skills
October 26, 2015
|The Adult Role in Child-led play: How to Become a Learning Ally
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
Chippewa 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
|The decline of play in preschoolers--and the rise of sensory issues
The Washington Post
September 1, 2015