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Want to learn more about play, essential skills, your child’s development and learning, or maybe a thing or two for yourself? Check out the following resources and continue pursuing your interests by discussing the topics with friends, commenting on articles and sharing with your social networks. 


Mind in the Making by Ellen Galinsky
Tools of the Mind by Elena Bodrova & Deborah Leong
Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner
The Power of Play by David Elkind
Play by Stuart Brown
A New Culture of Learning by Douglas Thomas & John Seely Brown
Out of Our Minds by Ken Robinson

A Mandate for Playful Learning

Research Summary:

The Power of Play: A Research Summary on Play and Learning written by Dr. Rachel E. White from the Institute of Child Development at University of Minnesota, is a unique and robust compilation of published research on the major types of play for young children and related learning benefits.


Child’s Play. Play is more than just having fun – and innovative Minnesota playmakers are finding new ways to make the most of it. Minnesota Monthly. August 2014. Emily Sohn.

Preschool: Cultivating Curiosity. Awakening your child’s interest in the world around him. Working Mother. 2009.

4 Reasons Why Curiosity is Important and How to Develop It. Curiosity is an important trait of a genius. Lifehack.  2013. Donald Latumahina.

How to Raise Inquisitive Children. Helpful tips that encourage creative thinking. Playful Learning. 2014. Nuria.

How to Raise an Imaginative Child. An active imagination helps your toddler down the road in more ways than you might think. Baby Center. February 2014.

Why You Should Have a Child-Like Imagination (and the Research that Proves It). Experts say that kids spend as much as 2/3 of their time in non-reality — in imaginative play. Ideas To Go. March 2013. Susan Robertson.

Are Today's Youth Less Creative & Imaginative? A 2012 study reveals that there has been a decline in creativity among American children. Live Science. August 12, 2011. Rachel Rettner.

First the Children. There is a growing and unique role museums can play in reinventing K-12 education. And children's museums are well suited to lead the way. June 14, 2011. John M. Eger.

Why Preschool Shouldn't Be Like School. New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire. March 16, 2011. Alison Gopnik.

The Creativity Crisis. "For the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong—and how we can fix it". Newsweek, July 10, 2010, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman.

How to Learn Without Memorizing. In the realm of learning, creative thinking can be a better tool than memorization. Think Simple Now. 2009. Scott Young.

Creativity in Young Children. Sara Gable helps parents understand how to encourage creativity through different mediums to children of all ages. University of Missouri. July 2000. Sara Gable.

In Preschool, What Matters More: Education or Play? 
Time online, in the health and family section, provides health articles on the importance of play for preschool children.

Play, Creativity and Lifelong Learning 
Helpguide's website provides well-researched, professional information on healthy lifestyles.

The Importance of Play, Activities for Children 
Publication on the importance of play and various activities to build healthy children, strong families and caring communities.

Play and Learning  Working towards building a community of parents to become more aware of the problem associated with lack of play in children's lives, finding solutions and implementing the best of those solutions.

Creativity and Education Article from, teachers are not the best judges of creativity, and when education systems set them up to critique a child's level, this potentially hinders creative development.

US News Article: 10 Reasons Play Can Make You Healthy, Happy, and More Productive 
Provides ten reasons why play can make you healthy, happy and more productive.

Brains At Play. Part of the "Playing to Learn" series which explores questions about why people play and how play relates to learning. NPR Ed. August 2014. John Poole. 


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