Science Confirms the Importance of Play


Did you know that kids who get plenty of self-directed free play are given a huge advantage in life? According to the child development experts, it’s true.

When children are allowed time to play, especially games that they create themselves, they are expanding their horizons in countless directions. According to the experts, unstructured ‘free play’ (you know, the type that naturally happens when adults and screens don’t get in the way!) can improve social skills, teach conflict resolution, and even improve a child’s language and cognitive abilities. It also provides a cathartic experience in which kids can subconsciously process difficult emotions and feelings.

WeTheParents has put together a list of 43 Ways our Kids Thrive on Free Play, all of which are backed by science.


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