Play sparks creativity and helps kids make sense of their world
Today, kindergarten is the new first grade with much more of the school day spent on reading readiness and learning how to add and subtract. When did play become a dirty word? "Play is important because it helps to build skills that everyone's looking for in 21st-century learning. It doesn't take away from their learning," says Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, professor of psychology at Temple. "It's more consistent with how the human brain works."