Spring Break has arrived and is traditionally a cherished time for amusement, excursions, and family-bonding. Some of us may even take this opportunity to leave the early- spring weather behind and head for warmer climates to rest and ‘play’.
Intriguingly, the topic of children and ‘play’ has experienced a resurgent interest. Various researchers have shifted their focus toward the evaluation of ‘play’- its role and relevance in both child development and education.
A recent article featured in The News Journal suggests, “Play is an important part of growing, researchers say, particularly unrestricted or child-led play, the kind kids do on the playground at recess or when they're riding their bikes in the neighborhood. As simple as it sounds, this kind of play helps kids develop their creativity, imagination and social skills, not to mention physical strength.”
I truly hope you will take full advantage of the many joyful possibilities Spring Break offers. And in doing so, please consider the significance of incorporating unrestricted or child-led ‘play’ time for your children.
Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.
– Kay Redfield Jamison