How children thrive on play

Dive into the evidence for play’s vital role in child development.

Children are born to learn through play

They instinctively explore their surroundings like little scientists. A baby scrunching paper, a toddler splashing at the water table, and schoolchildren playing tag are all learning about how the world works.

There’s no substitute for play. The evidence is piling up: children learn better and feel better when they get plenty of time and space to play. Our whitepaper looks at how different kinds of play are linked with child development, and lays the groundwork for future research.

The evidence at a glance

1. Play is how children develop essential skills
2. We should support children’s play – but not direct it
3. Children get more out of certain types of play

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