© Copyright 2018 by Dan Hodgins

Play Is On The Extinction List

September 3, 2018

SHAKIN BONES TIME – a major study by the National
Children’s Bureau found that 50% of all children have been
stopped from climbing trees, 21% have been banned from
running on the playground and 17% have been told they
cannot take part in games of tag or chase. I am very scared that
PLAY is on the Extinction List….
We have plenty of evidence that PLAY is important for
children’s growth and development:

  •  Emotion and Cognition seems to increase during PLAY

  •  Retention of information increases during natural PLAY

  •  PLAY helps develop problem solving skills

  •  When movement and language occurs during PLAY cognition increases

As early childhood professionals we must stop debating over
should we have signs in the environment? What is process or
products? What constitutes print rich environments? What is
quality? And move to simply allow and encourage natural
PLAY from going Extinct!




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