The Importance of Play

We’ve compiled a list of links, resources and videos to help you learn more about the importance of play! We’ll continue to add to this list when we find suitable resources, check back often! Be sure to share these great resources about play with parents and colleagues!

Outdoor Play and Learning: Loose Parts (Video)
Check out Evergreen’s video Outdoor Play and Learning: Loose Parts, and see how teachers and their students engage in curriculum-connected, inquiry-based learning right on their schoolgrounds using loose parts. See how using wood cookies, wood planks, burlap and ordinary kitchen items can provide rich, experiential learning opportunities right outside your classroom, and how this approach leads to “ more critical thinking, more creativity, more imagination.” Go to the Evergreen website and click on the Outdoor Play and Learning tab to access the video.

Loose Parts Play Toolkit

Play is More Than Fun by Stuart Brown (Ted Talks, March 2009)

Let the Children Play (poster)

When I Play Outside I Am Learning

Pattern of Play – The National Institute of Play

Let’s Play Together – A Guide for Parents of 4 Year Olds

Play: Mental Health and Wellbeing

Definitions of Play – Scholarpedia

The Decline of Play by Peter Gray (Ted Talks, June 2014)

This is Me – The Child’s Right to Play, International Play Association

Muddy Puddles and Painted Sunsets (Nature Play SA)

The Seven C’s – Making Outdoor Play Places

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