The topic of childhood development is much-discussed and much-debated – with the emphasis increasingly shifting to constructive technology-assisted learning, math and science quizzes and games, audio and video language-development storybooks, etc. Somewhere along the way, free play has been relegated to ‘relief time’, a small break from serious learning.
Somehow, in the intensity of the adult competitive world, and preparing children to shine, we forgot that, for young children, play is serious learning! To quote Maria Montessori: Play is the work of the child. You just cannot ignore these 30 strong reasons and benefits for free play.
30 Reasons Why Free Play Benefits Child Development:
Infographic by – AAA State of Play