75 Articles on Play

75 Articles on Play


  1. The Importance of Play
  2. The Importance of Play Interview with Dr. Jaak Panksepp
  3. Importance of Play 
  4. The Importance of Play 
  5. The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent – Child Bonds
  6. Power of Play 
  7. Benefits of Play
  8. Child’s Play: It’s Serious Stuff
  9. Value of Play 
  10. Don’t Be Distracted From The Importance of Play
  11. Defining and Advocating for Play
  12. Why Adults Have to Stop Trying  So Darn Hard to Control Kids
  13. What’s Play Have To Do With It?
  14. The Remarkable Power of Play- Why It Is So Important For Children
  15. The Benefits of Play 
  16. The Importance of Play in Early Childhood
  17. Learning Through Play

Physical Health

  1. Why Children Learn Through Movement
  2. Why Your Playground Isn’t Dangerous Enough for Your Kids
  3. Why So Many Kids Can’t Sit Still Today
  4. Recess: It’s Important. Does Your Child Get Enough of It?
  5. What is Big Body Play and Why is it Important?
  6. Why Play Matters
  7. Decline of Play in Preschool and the Rise of Sensory Issues
  8. Rocking and Rolling: Learning to Move
  9. Rough Play
  10. Playful Stress Management Skills For Kids: Balancing Mind and Body for Optimal Health
  11. Embracing Rough and Tumble Play
  12. Yay for Recess

Cognitive Development

  1. The Cognitive Tools of Children’s Imagination
  2. Let the Kids Learn Through Play
  3. Physics In Preschool? Teaching STEM With Ramps 
  4. The Purpose of Play: Why Play Matters
  5. Play as the Learning Model for Future Scientists, Mathematicians, and Engineers
  6. Thinking: Preschoolers
  7. Play Matters
  8. Want Your Child To Get into College? Let Them Play
  9. Children Should Learn Mainly Through Play Until The Age of Eigh
  10. Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build Better Brains
  11. Improve Cognitive Abilities
  12. In Defense of Play


  1. Our Misguided Effort to Close the Achievement Gap is Creating a New Inequality: The Play Gap
  2. Parenting Science 
  3. The Role of Pretend Play in Children’s Cognitive Development
  4. Yay for Recess: Pediatricians Say Its As Important As Math or Science
  5. ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Kindergarten
  6. Play in Education: The Role and Importance of Creative Learning
  7. The Joyful Illiterate Kindergarteners of Finland
  8. Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School
  9. Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play
  10. Forest Kindergartens Push Back Against Academic Focus for Young Children 
  11. The New Preschool is Crushing Kids
  12. Why Play Matters
  13. Play Power: How to Turn Around Our Creativity Crisis
  14. Arts Help Children with Math & Critical Thinking 

Social/ Emotional Health

  1. We learn about our children’s emotional lives through their play.
  2. The Power of the Playground
  3. The Role of Risk in Play and Learning
  4. Let Kids Play With Fire, and Other Rules for Good Parenting
  5. The Function of Play in the Development of the Social Brain
  6. How Free Play Can Define Kid’s Success
  7. The Disjuncture Between Educational Policy and Scientific Research
  8. Make Believe Play is an Important Part of Childhood Development
  9. Keeping Kids From Toy Guns: How One Mother Changed Her Mind
  10. Risky Play Prepares Children For Life

Historical/ Inspirational

  1. The History of Dollhouses
  2. Play Freely at Your Own Risk
  3. History of Children’s Play and Playgrounds
  4. 12 Images that Prove the Forest is the Best Playground
  5. The Overprotected Kid
  6. Old Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills
  7. A History of Child’s Play
  8. Play in America From Pilgrims and Patriots to Kid Jocks and Joystick Jockeys
  9. Reclaiming the Power of Play 
  10. The 11 Most Innovative, Beautiful, and Inspired Playgrounds on the Planet
  11. Culture of Childhood We’ve Already Almost Destroy

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