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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.

Kid-Powered Play
Play is most powerful when a child takes the lead.

It’s kid-powered play when your child is…

  • 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

Pose Challenges

Embrace Repetition

View Mistakes as Opportunities

The Powers of Play!

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

Collaboration

Showing compassion and valuing others’ contributions

Communication

Listening, understanding and expressing thoughts

Coordination

Building endurance, maintaining balance and moving with precision

Self-Control

Sensing how to act, coping with confusion and adapting

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