Parent ResourcesPowerful Play
Explore the Power of Play
What’s So Great about Play? Play builds brains.
When kids play, they grow the skills they need to thrive at home, in school and everywhere else.
Confidence — Showing grit and persisting when the going gets tough
Creative Thinking — Challenging assumptions and generating ideas
Critical Thinking — Testing ideas, making adjustments and drawing conclusions
Self-Control — Sensing how to act, coping with confusion and adapting
Collaboration — Showing compassion and valuing others’ contributions
Communication — Listening, understanding and expressing thoughts
Coordination — Building endurance, maintaining balance and moving with precision
Play is most powerful when a child takes the lead.
- Having a good time
- Exploring freely
- Showing interest
- Moving and thinking
You can enhance your child’s playtime by practicing a few simple tips:
Let Kids Explore Freely
Focus on the Process
View Mistakes as Opportunities
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