Tag: importance of play

  • May the 4th Be With You – Play is the Force of Childhood

    May the 4th be with you. This is such a fun play on words, and play is the force of childhood. Play is more than a force, it’s a right of childhood. That’s another play on words too. Play is so important that the United Nations has incorporated it in The Convention on the Rights…

  • Child’s Play Helps Discover New Planets

    Child’s play helps discover new planets? Well, that’s a bit of a stretch but what we do as adults often grows from how we loved to play as kids. Many of the scientists at NASA were fascinated by space as children and on a radio show, one of them was quoted as saying she has…

  • How to Get in the Zone? Kids Need PLAY!

    Kids need play. Each New Year we think of ways to improve health and well-being. Our kids need unstructured play for healthy bodies and bright minds. With days so busy we have to plan our time, we run the risk of over-scheduling our kids too. While it’s understandable we want to give them as many…

  • Star Ideas for Play

    How about some star ideas for play? To start the month, we made star wands and wished upon a star. Very recently, was the release of the new Star Wars movie. Stars can be the inspiration for some plays-of-the-day. When it comes to kids and play, the idea that gets the gold star is just…

  • October Alphabet: P is for Children and PLAY

    The most important activity for kids is play and one of our most crucial responsibilities is to ensure there is time and space for children and play. We can’t dismiss what kids do as ‘just play’ because play is how children train their brains. Through their play, kids are downloading the skills they need to…

  • 10 New Year’s Resolutions with Young Children #6: PLAY

    Now this new year’s resolution should be easiest of all to keep because it’s child’s play, that is making sure kids have time each day for play activities. As adults, we sometimes forget how tremendously important it is for children to just play. It’s easy to get busy, but play is so very important the…

  • Play Important for All Ages

    There is a famous quote by George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t quit playing because we grow old, we grow old because we quit playing.” This weekend, I got to visit two places that are very connected to playing. The local toy store was having a celebration and sale. There were lots of families and kids…

  • Mrs. A Gets to Meet Superman (Dean Cain)

    Just recently, I got to meet–and have my picture taken–with actor Dean Cain who played Superman in the tv series Lois and Clark. Good thing he wasn’t dressed as Superman; I’d have been even more excited. Sometimes, the roots of careers can be found in how a child plays, so I asked Dean if, as…

  • Extraordinary Learning Needs Ordinary Play

    Series Part #11: Kids Going to Kindergarten Need to PLAY One of the most important ways that we can support children as they get ready to start kindergarten is let them have time and space to PLAY. Did you know that play is so essential to the healthy development of children that the United Nations…

  • Soccer Helps Kids Prepare for School

    No athlete would simply arrive at a game one day and expect to play; there’s a lot that happens long before. Somehow though, we expect kids to just arrive at school one day and be able to do their best. Just like the athletes, preparation can help kids get ready for school. Many professional athletes…