Types of Play and Importance of Play
Before we jump into outdoor play, I wanted to give a little background information on the topic of play. Play can be defined as “any spontaneous or organized activity that provides enjoyment, entertainment, amusement or diversion” (Parham and Fazio, 2008, p. 448). Play is one of a child’s major occupations. Play allows children to explore their environment and grow from engaging in rich sensory experiences. Research has shown that children who participate in play frequently hit gross developmental milestones earlier, experience higher achievement in school, and develop healthy habits for adulthood. A comparative study of 11,000 third graders found that those who participated in more than 15 minutes of recess per day behaved better in the classroom and were more likely to learn than their peers who had little to no recess opportunities. ( Barros, Silver, & Stein, 2009).
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