Holy smokes! Scientific American magazine has an absolutely amazing and in-depth article on the importance of play. Their "key concepts" at the beginning of the article are:
- Childhood play is crucial for social, emotional and cognitive development.
- Imaginative and rambunctious “free play,” as opposed to games or structured activities, is the most essential type.
- Kids and animals that do not play when they are young may grow into anxious, socially maladjusted adults.
Read it. It's really good. Then tell us what you think!