...for ALL children
and IMPERATIVE for children with special needs?
â€śâ€¦play deprivation is a kind of emotional and multisensory starvationâ€¦Play is part of our original equipment, but it has to be nurtured to develop. Normally we play. When we donâ€™t, something has gone very, very wrong, and nonplayers will suffer a number of effects.â€ť ~ Dr. Stuart L. Brown, Founder, The National Institute for Play
Top 20 Reasons to Encourage Play for ALL children
- Play advances many cognitive skills like learning to focus and paying attention to details.
- Play produces an active, alert, but non-stressed frame of mind that benefits a child greatly.
- Play opportunities help a child develop problem-solving, organizational and planning skills.
- Play promotes both long-term and short-term memory.
- Play stimulates language, negotiation and communication skills.
- Play teaches a child how the world works from gravity to how things move, float or fly.
- Play experiences allow a child to explore symbolic play, imitation and his own creativity.
- Play allows a child to build confidence, one trip down a slide or throw of a ball at a time.
- Play provides the feedback a child needs to develop self-knowledge and self-esteem.
- Play is an excellent way for a child to connect to nature and to explore its many facets.
- Active play can enhance a childâ€™s mood, coping abilities and defuse emotionally charged events.
- Play teaches the cornerstones of relationship building, cooperation and compromise.
- Leadership along with group skills are learned through team or collective play.
- Active play promotes a healthy body for children and lowers their risk of obesity.
- Play promotes brain development through the use of both the body and mind.
- Play can teach a child the lessons of strengthening and balancing his body and coordinating his hands and eyes.
- Play stimulates resiliency by prompting the child to try again and learn patience towards self and others.
- Play fosters courage to swing higher and jump farther.
- Play teaches empathy by allowing a child to explore the role of both winner and loser.
- Play leads to engagement and enjoyment that provides a child with both physical and emotional release.
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