Doctors Recommend Play as Great Medicine
Time for play every day keeps the doctor away.
So says the American Academy of Pediatrics, who on Monday released a new report entitled "The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children". It calls for doctors to write literal prescriptions for children to be allocated more time for play, citing the important role it has in their lives.
Playgrounds: a safe answer to the mortal risk of physical inactivity
Challenging playgrounds are an evident answer to the physical inactivity of today’s children. They encourage self-chosen, voluntary physical activity. They are among the activities that children themselves mention as their favourite pastime. The WHO in their Global Guidelines for Physical Activity for Health mentions play first, when describing what activities count as physical activity for the 5-18 years old.
Study finds play and cognitive skills in kindergarten predict civic engagement in later life
Cognitive skills and experiences like classroom-based play in kindergarten lead to participation in extracurricular activities in 8th grade among children growing up in poverty, finds a new study led by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
In the second part of this reflection on themes of the IPA world conference in Calgary, Robin Sutcliffe identifies funding cuts and parental anxiety as major obstacles to the aspirations of play advocates, leaving providers isolated and disconnected from the ambition of the ‘movers and shakers’ of the play world.