Playtime! Additional Professional Issues Resources

15 Jul

“It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.”

– L. F. Bascaglia


Photo by sargant (cc).

Hi there! If you’ve found your way over here from our Naz Capstone class – fear not, you’re in the right place!  Try to ignore the distracting recipes and surrounding sugar party while you browse these resources (but feel free to check them out afterwards:])!

We found so many great resources on the cognitive value of play that we just had to share more than 3.  We think you’ll find these interesting and worthwhile!

Resources Highlighting the Value of Playtime for Children

Magazine Articles

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • A great PSA concieved and written by 7th graders regarding older students’ need for physical activity in school:
  • Here is another great video called Free Range Kids about the vital but diminishing role free time has for kids. 
  • An series of quotes and photos highlighting the importance of recess: 
  • A short video on neuroscience and the importance of unstructured play on the cognitive development of children; a presentation from the CBC on how too much structure inhibits social development and decision making skills: 
  • Bev Bos on ‘Play’s Place in Public Education
  • A longer video workshop which helps adults recognize a child’s need to “play” as part of the learning process.  There’s also a nice PDF that compliments the video and address the practical, or take-home, side of this information as well as a huge book, activity and resource list.


  • A nine-minute NPR discussion of creative play and it’s impact on children’s self-control (it’s actually the one that Julia’s article mentioned – here’s the direct link).  Talks a bit about a program called ‘Tools of the Mind’ that teaches little ones executive function contol early on. Super interesting (and for our auditory learners). Click on the ‘listen to the story’ button or read the text – the Q&A at the bottom is pretty interesting too!
  • A collection of play-based learning centers: Learning centers
  • And last, and potentially least;), my own action research on the impact of active recess on in-school behavioral outcomes of students with disabilities:  Research Paper – Final

Organizations Committed to Play

    1. International Play Association 

-” an interdisciplinary non-governmental organization, providing an international forum and advocacy for the promotion of play opportunities.”

  1. Right to Play – “Right To Play is committed to every child’s right to play. We give children a chance to become constructive participants in society, regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, social background or religion. Through games and sports, we help create social change in communities affected by war, poverty and disease.
  2. KaBoom  – “helping communities build playgrounds.”
  3. National Museum of Play (right here in Rochester!) – “an exciting, hands-on, welcoming place to play, learn, and dream; a place to pretend, wonder, and explore; a place to discover the past and imagine the future; and a place to rekindle memories and make new ones.”
  4. And the list goes on and on!
Thanks for stopping by… now go play!

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