Research shows that play is a powerful teacher. Children learn naturally through play. And the learning that happens through play sticks with a person throughout their life – at home, in school, at work and everywhere else.
Play makes us happier, healthier and more innovative.
Unfortunately, the time children spend playing is declining. One study found that children today spend an average of eight hours less per week playing than children growing up in the 1980s.
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Watch these kids demonstrate their creativity and critical thinking skills.
What did you see? They’re analyzing, making plans, talking to each other, adjusting and persisting when things don’t go right the first time. That’s creativity. That’s critical thinking. And we need it. Play and learning aren’t in competition -- they’re partners. Making time for play will arm children with 21st century skills.