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The Power of Magical Thinking - Wall Street Journal

Research Shows the Importance of Imagination in Children's Cognitive Development

Is the Tooth Fairy real? How about the garbage man? Those questions may seem trivial, but how young children answer them is an important indicator of cognitive development. Continue...

Taking Play Seriously - New York Times

On a drizzly Tuesday night in late January, 200 people came out to hear a psychiatrist talk rhapsodically about play — not just the intense, joyous play of children, but play for all people, at all ages, at all times. Continue...

Imagination Playground by Dr Robyn Silverman

The Vital Role of Play in a Child's Life

Play is an important part of a child’s development. We all have seen the traditional “monkey bars,” swings, and jungle gyms. But when architect, David Rockwell, came up with a concept for a playground—he thought outside of the box. Continue...

All Work And No Play - Science Daily

Makes For Troubling Trend In Early Education

Parents and educators who favor traditional classroom-style learning over free, unstructured playtime in preschool and kindergarten may actually be stunting a child’s development instead of enhancing it... Continue...

Better Kid Care

Play is the Business of Kids

THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY

From an Adult Viewpoint....

It often seems that all children do is play! They play until they are five or six, then they go off to school and start to learn. They play until they are big enough to really begin to do things. So it seems to grown-ups. Continue...

Reprinted with permission from the National Network for Child Care - NNCC. (1994). Play is the business of kids. In *Better Kid Care: A video learn-at-home unit* (pp. 3-18). University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension.


Creative Play

Helps Children Grow

Every child is born with creative potential, but this potential may be stifled if care is not taken to nurture and stimulate creativity. Creativity shows one's uniqueness. It is the individual saying: "I can be; I can do." Isn't this what we want for our children? Creativity is the ability to see things in a new and unusual light, to see problems that no one else may even realize exist, and then come up with new, unusual, and effective solutions to these problems. Continue...

Reprinted with permission from the National Network for Child Care - NNCC. (1993). Creative play helps children grow. In M. Lopes (Ed.) CareGiver News (October, p. 3). Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension.


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