Why Play is Priority
- Play with caregivers, peers and teachers affects brain structure and function.
- Playful learning is a fundamental part of healthy development.
- Play helps develop the safe, nurturing relationships with parents and caregivers to mitigate toxic stress and promote resilience.
Fifty percent of parents don’t go outside to play with their children. Thirty percent of kindergartens don’t have recess--a sacrifice made in order to focus on testing skills. Unsafe outdoor conditions often lead children to stay indoors with screens.
Toys are fantastic for developing problem-solving ability. Parents may limit the child’s interactions by telling the child how to play. You can ask prompting questions if the child seems stuck, but let the youngster resolve the toy.
Listen as Dr. Michael Yogman joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the importance of play.