There is a great deal of evidence supporting playtime as an essential component of child development. In 2007, the American Academy of Pediatrics published a clinical report on “[t]he importance of play in promoting healthy child development and maintaining strong parent-child bonds.” The report references many studies and articles that delineate all the benefits of playtime; the development of new competencies, greater resiliency, creativity, and confidence. Play allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts, make decisions and to learn self-advocacy skills. Play is integral to school success by enhancing learning readiness, learning behaviors, and problem-solving skills.
What about vision? Vision is about output; the ability to respond in a meaningful way to visual input. It involves movement and navigation, timing and rhythm, and the ability to make judgements about where things are, not just what things are. Play is vision!
The bottom line? With a little imagination, play doesn’t cost a thing.
This season, Keep Summer Learning in Sight! Let the kids play. Take some inspiration from the pictures below and get outside!