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Celebrating the essential role of play in children’s lives
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Celebrating the essential role of play in children’s lives

To mark the first International Day of Play, we asked children in Brussels about their thoughts on play. Their responses remind us of the profound impact play has on their happiness and development. Play is essential to a child’s well-being and development. With enough playtime, children are more likely to grow into healthy, happy, and...

Pre-school play with friends lowers risk of mental health problems later
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Pre-school play with friends lowers risk of mental health problems later

Children who learn to play well with others at pre-school age tend to enjoy better mental health as they get older, new research shows. The findings provide the first clear evidence that ‘peer play ability’, the capacity to play successfully with other children, has a protective effect on mental health Researchers at the University of...