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September 19, 2011

“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.”

“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.”
– Diane Ackerman, Contemporary American author

It is often said that play is the work of early childhood. Without a doubt, people learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process.

Play-based curriculum provides children with meaningful learning experiences in art, music, science, literacy and more. Every aspect of a child’s development is enhanced by play; social and academic competence will develop organically as children explore, experiment and create.  Put simply, purposeful play the best way to “get children ready for school success.”

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of play (for children AND adults!), please take a peek at these great links:

  • Creativity and Play – in this TED talk, Tim Brown discusses the relationship between creativity and play.
  • Play is Vital — in this TED talk, Stuart Brown explains that play is more than just fun.
  • Learning Through Play — this article is a great overview of what play is, including ideas about how to promote healthy valuable play.