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The Science of Play

Dr. Kyle Pruett, a child psychiatrist and clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, says, “Play is essential to the development of your child’s brain, triggering trillions of neural connections that form the basis of healthy cognitive function and mastery of your child’s physical world.” In other words, play fosters children’s emotional and cognitive growth.

Learning through play works because children are more likely to remember lessons if they enjoy them, and they are more likely to show enthusiasm for learning if they have fun at school. For example, if children learn about the planets by singing a fun song about them, they will likely remember that song and the information they learned. Ongoing research also shows that playful teachers can increase their students’ long-term academic performance.

Young children who learn through play are more capable of making their own decisions, advocating for themselves and using creativity to solve problems as they grow,” adds Dr. Pruett. During play, children link old thoughts with new, build new experiences and access knowledge.

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