THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY DURING CRISIS

Play is a means to early learning that capitalizes on children's natural curiosity and enthusiasm.

It is a child's right and a critical element to child well-being.

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The International Play Association has some excellent resources about PLAY during crisis:

http://ipaworld.org/resources/for-parents-and-carers-play-in-crisis/

 

Unstructured, Child-led Play:

  • A philosphy that encourages children to explore their interests and ideas without an imposed outcome.

Outdoor Play:

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Do you remember building a fort or climbing a tree when you were a child?  These experiences help children learn & develop risk-management skills.

Playing outside offers unique learning opportunties and benefits:

  • Physical well-being- outdoor play encourages your whole body to move. 
  • Emotional benefits- self-confidence, ability to assess risk.
  • Social benefits- when children play together they learn how to cooperate, negotiate and problem solve.

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More on Play:

Play Learn Think

Unstructured Play Infographics- CPHA

Power off and Play Video

 

Physical Literacy:

https://www.tbdhu.com/physlit
 

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