Shaped by Play: The Formative Role of Play and Playgrounds
Child's play, we are learning, is not just fun and games. Whether it's a young child propelling her swing to new heights, or a trio of 10-year-olds negotiating dramatic roles atop a playground tower, children's play behavior appears to be essential preparation for a successful adult life. We partnered with the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development to understand how behavior on school and community playgrounds contributes to whole-child development. This meta-study aggregates and analyzes key findings from some of the most influential studies on children and play.