Play Changes the Connections of Neurons in the Brain, Researchers Say

The neural changes that result from play help wire children’s brains to successfully regulate emotions, make plans, and solve problems, according to researcher Sergio Pellis of the University of Lethbridge. A recent article on the… Continue reading

Kids Spending Less Time Outdoors

Kids in Britain — and in many Western countries — are spending less time outdoors than their parents and grandparents. About 25% of kids in Britain spend less than 30 minutes outside each… Continue reading

Can Video Games Provide Unstructured Play?

The benefits of unstructured play have been researched and well defined in recent years.  In contrast, video games have been widely maligned. Collin Thormoto at the blog Libcraft is looking for ways to… Continue reading

Learning with Unstructured Play in Daytona Beach

  It’s all fun and games at the Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum in Daytona Beach. But don’t be fooled into thinking no one is learning.  An article in the News Journal reports that the… Continue reading

Frequent Free Play = Better Focus

We could learn a thing or two from Finland. An article in The Atlantic explains the Finnish practice of giving school kids a 15-minute break after each 45-minute lesson.  The author, Tim Walker,… Continue reading

Bubble Math and New Play Research

Playful News Roundup Kids in Atlanta are learning math by playing with bubbles, and new research shows that kids who do more free play have better executive function (better at organizing and grouping… Continue reading

Children Have a Right to Play

Play is fun and important for children’s intellectual and physical development.  But did you know that children actually have a “right” to play? Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of… Continue reading

Reblog: “Why the rush?”

Originally posted on learninglifejoy:
I have been coming across a lot of questions from parents about what classes their children should take, what curriculum they should buy, what phonics, math, science lessons they…

Sensory Play: What Is It, and Why Is It Important?

Pinterest boards and bloggers have been abuzz about “sensory play” for the past several years.  The pictures are inspiring and most of the ideas inexpensive and intriguing.  The children look like they love… Continue reading