This is a library of articles, sites and information about the importance of play and creativity in child development.
The goal of this library is to provide information and empower parents, teachers and community leaders who want to be advocates for play and nurturing creativity.
The list below is organic and evolving. Many of these articles and sites have been passed along to me by friends, colleagues and parents who are on the frontline of the playvolution. If you have notes or an article or site you’d like to add, we’d love to hear from you! Feel free to send them along or post in the comments below.
Vive la Playvolution!
From the New York Times: the movement to restore play. It’s given me a great deal of hope for the future and is a must read for any family.
Making A Case for Play. Researchers discuss the science of play. It’s one of the best articles we’ve seen describing the play continuum.
How children give parents the power to change. I found this inspiring and loved the positive view of the parent/child dynamic.
Finland says The Children Must Play!
Back to basics: We all need more recess in our lives. Grown ups, that includes you too.
This is one of my favorites: The Four Secrets of Playtime that Foster Creative Kids.
Ring those recess bells! Being active stimulates the brain and helps kids learn. It keeps us adults mentally fit too.
I don’t know if the link between daydreaming and creativity is all that surprising. But I’m happy the experts are on it. What does this mean for our kids? They need free time just like the rest of us!
“We need new minds equipped with new ways of thinking.” Teaching Kids Design Thinking So They Can Solve the World’s Biggest Problems.
“There is nothing frivolous about play.” Wired looks at the Virtues of Play.
And here’s one from Alison Gopnik: Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School. You know, sometimes I kind of think school shouldn’t be like school either.