June 8, 2010

Why play is important - Part 1

I found this quote from an article in last months (May's) Sydney's Child very interesting. The article is called 'The Roots of Resilience' by Professor Paula Barrett.





"They [children] are often pushed to excel in structured activities, instead of being allowed to play freely in natural environments. Young children need time and space for creative play."










If you want to see lots of great ideas for play, check out Childhood 101 We Play link up.


8 comments:

Marita said...

Could not agree more.

Kelly said...

I'm passionate about play for children and recapturing the real essence of childhood.

Gwynneth Beasley said...

Its interesting isn't it. There was a comment in Last CHild in the Woods that kids in playgrounds are led by the strongest kids, kids who play in natural places are led by the smarter kids. I found that fascinating. I likve your blog - going to read about your growing up on Vanuato this weekend!

Becky said...

Great quote and so true.

Our Park Life said...

I think this is a lovely quote...

I recently watched my uncle playing with my little boy in the garden....he was telling my son a little made up story and asking him if he could hear the fairies chatting under a rock. My little boy's eyes were lit up with sheer delight. I now see him wandering in the garden looking under rocks and talking to the trees.

Nothing like the magic of imagination!

Erin said...

Yes, it sums up my thoughts so clearly.

Gwynneth - I keep hearing about that book, I need to read it. That idea is so interesting.

Park Life - what a beautiful story!

jenny said...

That is a great quote - I couldn't agree more :)

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

If only the Government decision makers would hear this message.